POX: Steve Reich

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$corpium ($corpium), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Do you mean "Different Trains" or his soundtrack for "Buns of Steel"?

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:20 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

piano phase
come out
its gonna rain

just those 3 thanks

mullygrubber (gaz), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

music for 18 musicians (ECM recording)
four sections, first movement
desert music
it's gonna rain
drumming (nonsuch version)
piano phase
four organs (tilson thomas / glass / reich / gibson performance, 30:00 -- at least I think it was gibson. the edition that had cage's '3 dances' on the flip, and a picture of the four of them looking up at the camera.)

(Jon L), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


noodle vague (noodle vague), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:41 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

come out
its gonna rain
4 organs
Music for Large Ensembles
6 Marimbas (never heard the original version for 6 pianos)
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this is the version of four organs I was thinking of. got it wrong, no gibson or glass. I was confusing it with forgot about octet!

(Jon L), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

this is the version of four organs I was thinking of. got it wrong, no gibson or glass. I was confusing it with this recording which I haven't heard.

forgot about octet!

(Jon L), Monday, 5 April 2004 22:52 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Violin Phase
Come Out
It's Gonna Rain
Music for 18 Musicians
Music for a Large Ensemble
Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint, for MIDI marimba (arr. Mika Yoshida)
Piano Phase (though I can hardly remember how it goes)

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Monday, 5 April 2004 23:08 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

4 organs
come out, esp. 2nd part

sexyDancer, Monday, 5 April 2004 23:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Nobody's repping for Electric Counterpoint?

Music for 18 Musicians
Electric Counterpoint
Different Trains
Six Marimbas
New York Counterpoint
Music for Mallet Instruments, Voice, and Organ

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 5 April 2004 23:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

clapping music.

jed_ (jed), Monday, 5 April 2004 23:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I found the vinyl for that version of Four Organs a few months ago ... beyond awesome.

His pieces are so long, here's the first V that I can think of:

Four Organs
It's Gonna Rain
Six Pianos

Barry Bruner (Barry Bruner), Monday, 5 April 2004 23:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

six marimbas is good too.

jed_ (jed), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 00:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices, and Organ
Music for 18 Musicians
Three Tales (Jeez!)
Piano Phase
Pendulum Music

At one time I would have definitely said Tehillim but I really didn't like it the last time I listened.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 03:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

electric counterpoint is underrated here.

gygax! (gygax!), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 17:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Totally agree.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 6 April 2004 17:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I hadn't listened to it in years but I just put it on because of you. It's great.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Wednesday, 7 April 2004 04:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I heard a live performance of Drumming tonight (parts 1 and 2, anyway). I hadn't heard the piece in ages, and I'd never heard it live -- or seen it! Eight percussionists clustered around half as many marimbas was a sight to behold...

I was skeptical that the singing-along-with-the-resultant-patterns aspect would work well live; I always assumed it took a bit of studio trickery to make this blend in properly. But it worked like a charm.

Just a student group -- they must have rehearsed a LOT!

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 11 April 2004 05:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Reich is performing parts of Drumming soon in nyc at the Kitchen benefit, the same night as pieces by Glass, Ashley, Laurie Anderson, Meredith Monk and pauline oliveros!

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 11 April 2004 05:14 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 11 April 2004 05:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

to clarify, all those people are performing, not just having their pieces performed! I didn't even think Glass and Reich were on talking terms...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 11 April 2004 05:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Maybe they'll leave the hall during each other's pieces (like Reich vs. Babbitt in the early days of Bang on a Can)!

Since it's a benefit event, tix are $100-$200, so I don't feel quite so bad about not being in NYC for this. I would just be home cursing my poverty.

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 11 April 2004 05:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm going. I've missed too many oppurtunities to see music like this, in favor of 1,000 crappy bands in a 1,000 crappy venues. I'm especially excited to hear Meredith Monk in person. What would make this truly perfect is if afterwords, we all got to go lie on some pillows in some weird all-night spot and listen to Terry Riley play the organ for 4 hours.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Sunday, 11 April 2004 06:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Actually, that's sound reasoning. (I have, on v. rare occasions, spent over $100 on a meal, so why not shell out that much for what promises to be a truly memorable concert.)

However, I still won't be in NYC :-(

Paul in Santa Cruz (Paul in Santa Cruz), Sunday, 11 April 2004 06:12 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I heard a live performance of Drumming tonight (parts 1 and 2, anyway). I hadn't heard the piece in ages, and I'd never heard it live -- or seen it! Eight percussionists clustered around half as many marimbas was a sight to behold...

It's exciting just to watch them perform it, I agree. I feared for the musicians' ability to play it without screwing up. When I heard it, there was something about the acoustics of the particular hall which was making some sort of added beat pattern or something. It was very effective, though probably unintentional.

Rockist Scientist (rockistscientist), Sunday, 11 April 2004 16:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I remember seeing it in concert once and watching about three different people seated before me in the audience nodding their heads to it, and each of them were following completely different rhythms. was perfect.

(Jon L), Sunday, 11 April 2004 21:17 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

What would make this truly perfect is if afterwords, we all got to go lie on some pillows in some weird all-night spot and listen to Terry Riley play the organ for 4 hours.

After-party at the Dream House, yo!

hstencil, Sunday, 11 April 2004 21:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The ECM version (yes it has to be this one, the pacing and tension are jawdropping) of Music for 18 Musicians is sublime, eternal, terrifyingly beautiful sound.

Clarke B. (Clarke B.), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 00:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My record library has that ECM LP, and the first reich I ever heard but I felt I satisfied my curiosity and never really went back for more of his music. Maybe time to revisit.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 13 April 2004 09:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Reich has a new album out. I did not know. (There's no proper Reich thread.)

Rockist_Scientist (RSLaRue), Saturday, 15 October 2005 15:01 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Belated Happy 70th Birthday, Steve Reich! (Er, not that I expect him to see this.)

R_S (RSLaRue), Friday, 6 October 2006 16:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I only wish I'd made it to one of those events.

LC (Damian), Friday, 6 October 2006 16:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

September 29, 2006
Steve Reich, Sunny? Well, It Is His Birthday
Steve Reich has moved to the country.

For decades this composer has been a quintessential voice of downtown New York. And to mark his 70th birthday, on Tuesday, the city’s leading cultural institutions are joining forces in an unprecedented celebratory collaboration, Steve Reich@70, offering a month (more or less) of his music at Carnegie Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center and elsewhere.

But Mr. Reich left Lower Manhattan for Westchester earlier this summer. And he is very, very happy about it.

“It’s really a pleasure,” he said by phone last week. “I used to be a composer, but now I’m into home improvement.”

“Sunny” is hardly an adjective most people would have applied to Mr. Reich for most of his life. Words like “intense,” “driven” and “caffeinated” came more readily to mind. But sunny, it seems, he has become, waxing lyrical about his new house (built by the Modernist architect William N. Breger) and as excited about the coming celebrations as, well, a boy waiting for his birthday.

And this new warmth may be reflected in his music.

Mr. Reich has always been a distinctive voice. His classification as a minimalist, grouped with Philip Glass, has come to seem, with the years, increasingly irrelevant. You could say that Mr. Reich stripped music down to its bare essentials in seminal works like “Clapping Music” (1972), written for two performers and their hands, or “Drumming” (1971), an hour-plus piece written entirely for percussion instruments. But even those pieces, spare in means, have their own eloquence.

Elements have steadily been added over the years: more instruments, human voices (with “Tehillim” in 1981), more visuals, more stories. The last have been a particular feature of Mr. Reich’s collaboration with his wife, the video artist Beryl Korot, which has produced ambitious music theater works like “The Cave” (1990-3), an exploration of Jewish and Muslim beliefs, or “Three Tales” (2002), which challenged a range of attitudes among scientists.

Meanwhile the music has gotten not only fuller, but freer.

“There’s a different generosity,” said Jennifer Bilfield, who was president of Mr. Reich’s publishers, Boosey & Hawkes, before moving in August to become artistic and executive director of Stanford Lively Arts in California. “His writing is more expansive. ‘Proverb’ ” — from 1995 — “is a piece that struck me as a very decisive shift. There’s a different intimacy, an inner quiet that’s very moving.”

It was Ms. Bilfield who had the idea of getting Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Brooklyn Academy to collaborate on Mr. Reich’s birthday, an idea nobody else thought would work. The three presenters are, after all, competitors in an increasingly tough market. But Mr. Reich had close relationships with all of them, and Ms. Bilfield was already braced for one of them to call her and ask about doing a festival for his birthday, which would keep the other two out of the picture.

“It was really to pre-empt what would have been a more awkward discussion,” Ms. Bilfield said. “I basically picked up the phone and said, ‘Can you imagine what a great energy it would be, what a great example for the presenting world?’ And each institution had a different relationship with Steve. When the parties came to the table, there was no tug of war, not at all.”

The Brooklyn Academy will focus on dance, including the American premiere of “Variations for Vibes, Piano and Strings,” commissioned for the choreographer Akram Khan, which will open the festival on the actual birthday. Carnegie Hall will concentrate on instrumental music, including a training workshop and the American premiere of Mr. Reich’s latest work, “Daniel Variations,” written in memory of the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. And Lincoln Center presents vocal works, including three performances of “The Cave.”

“Daniel Variations,” co-commissioned by the Daniel Pearl Foundation, interweaves texts from the Old Testament Book of Daniel and Pearl’s own writings. The Book of Daniel, Mr. Reich pointed out, is set in Babylon — present-day Iraq. The piece blends in a string quartet, which at the words “My name is Daniel Pearl” takes off, Mr. Reich said, in a major key. (Mr. Pearl was a violinist.)

“It’s a very un-Steve Reich-like, expressive piece of music,” Mr. Reich said.

As if to warn his fans not to expect too much more of this baroque phase, he added: “The last few works have been very open, very expressive, very free, very different. Now I’ve kind of got a yen to go medieval.”

But his inner romantic may already have been outed.

For his 70th birthday Nonesuch has released a new box set, “Phases” (Nonesuch 79962-2), with a selection of Mr. Reich’s greatest hits, most of them in the recordings made with the ensemble he founded in 1966, Steve Reich and Musicians, which he refers to as “original instruments.” The performances are very fine. But it’s fascinating to listen to recordings made by another group a generation later.

Mr. Reich’s ensemble focuses on presenting the composition; the younger group, Alarm Will Sound, crack performers all, also focuses on interpreting it. On that band’s CD of “Tehillim” and “The Desert Music” (Cantaloupe Music CA21009), Mr. Reich’s music takes on a whole new dimension of ravishing beauty, beauty that was in there all along.

And Mr. Reich embraces the idea that other people are performing his works, and performing them so well.

“What impresses me,” he said, “is the ease that younger musicians have playing my music, not only right, but idiomatically.” On a recent trip to Latvia he heard a performance of “Music for 18 Musicians” (1974-76). “These people were burning,” he said. “I wasn’t sure where Latvia was, but they knew where I was.”

Sitting in Pound Ridge, still surrounded by packing boxes, in his striking new house (Mr. Breger was also the architect of the Civic Center Synagogue, where Mr. Reich and Ms. Korot were married), he sounded, well, downright expansive. And his goals, for once, seemed perfectly simple.

“What do I want?” he said. “I want people to love the music, not to feel, ‘What, him again?’ It seems that the music is holding up over time. That’s the most gratifying thing.”

I don't really get the idea that warmth or expressiveness is something new in his music. I always found the timbres of Tehillim, Drumming, and Music for 18 Musicians, in particular, to be pretty warm. In fact, that's one of the thing I think contribures to their strength.

Can't you be intense and sunny at the same time?

R_S (RSLaRue), Friday, 6 October 2006 16:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there's still time, LC. most of the events are tomorrow and Sunday.

zebedee (zebedee), Friday, 6 October 2006 16:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Actually "warm" and "sunny" are words I thought most people associate with Reich, while I can't imagine anyone referring to his work (other than the really early pieces) as "driven" or "caffeinated." It sounds like the journalist either only really knew his earliest work or was listening to Philip Glass instead.

Sundar (sundar), Friday, 6 October 2006 17:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

(Hrm, I suppose I could see "Different Trains" or "Cello Counterpoint" being driven but it still seems like a weird general statement to make.)

Sundar (sundar), Friday, 6 October 2006 17:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

there's still time, LC.

Alas, I'm at the wrong end of the country.

LC (Damian), Friday, 6 October 2006 20:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A Steve Reich POX is hard, as you'd probably need the box set to be selective in picking ten. I own and like a few of his albums, but an OPO would be more appropriate, as would a re-issue of that recording of Four Organs mentioned upthread.

LC (Damian), Friday, 6 October 2006 21:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

For what it's worth, this is the tracklisting of the box set that's just come out, a POXIV, if you will (sorry):

Disc: 1
1. Music For 18 Musicians

Disc: 2
1. Different Trains
2. Tehillim
3. Eight Lines

Disc: 3
1. You Are
2. New York Counterpoint
3. Cello Counterpoint
4. Electric Counterpoint
5. Triple Quartet

Disc: 4
1. Come Out
2. Proverb
3. Desert Music

Disc: 5
1. Music For Mallet Instruments Voices And Organ
2. Drumming

LC (Damian), Friday, 6 October 2006 21:58 (twelve years ago) Permalink

1. Different Trains
2. Tehillim

this set is for us jews.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 6 October 2006 23:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Another Reich/Nonesuch box set? I had no idea the other one was out of print. This one seems rather arbitrary by comparison.

Anyway, my POX:

1. Eight Lines (Octet)
2. Four Organs (Bang on a Can) *
3. Four Organs (Reich/Gibson/Murphy/Chambers/Glass)
4. Music for 18 Musicians
5. Music for a Large Ensemble (12 78)
6. The Four Sections (Winds & Brass)
7. Phase Patterns
8. Piano Phase
9. Six Marimbas
10. Violin Phase (10 67)

(* Four Organs is my favorite Reich piece, but I haven't gotten around to collecting all the versions yet. Some purists seem to have a grudge against Bang on a Can's performance, so I'm assuming there are better versions that will take its place someday. In the meantime, though...)

Myke. (Myke Weiskopf), Friday, 6 October 2006 23:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This set sounds really inferior to buying things a la carte, although I guess that's easy to say as someone who has already heard a lot of Reich (though not everything).

R_S (RSLaRue), Friday, 6 October 2006 23:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't like "Four Organs" but it has some modern classical heavy hitters behind it on this thread. (I actually haven't heard it in a long time, possibly as long as a decade or more, so it's hard to say what I would think if I listened to it right now.)

R_S (RSLaRue), Friday, 6 October 2006 23:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I got the box in the mail and am digging it quite a bit. I'd never heard Music For 18 Musicians before; it's real purty-like.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Saturday, 7 October 2006 12:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Listening to the Nonesuch edition of 18 Musicians in the morning is slowly becoming a ritual for me.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Saturday, 7 October 2006 14:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I'm late to the 18 Musicians band-wagon and I can't figure out what took me so long to pick up this addictive masterpiece.

Jeff K (jeff k), Saturday, 7 October 2006 14:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i'm very surprised phil had never heard "...18 musicians"!

jed_ (jed), Saturday, 7 October 2006 15:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Me too, I think that might be my favorite Reich composition. (I'm very surprised I still haven't bought a recording of it.)

R_S (RSLaRue), Saturday, 7 October 2006 15:49 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Desert Music is my jam.

ramon fernandez (ramon fernandez), Sunday, 8 October 2006 04:59 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This really deserves to be seen:


Piano Phase pt. 1 with choreography. I'm sure it's not everyone's thing, but watching 7:50-8:15 (that smile!) after all that came before it is really moving.

Z S, Saturday, 26 January 2008 16:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

There is a pt. 2 as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpURYG2F2ug

I would love a DVD of this.

Z S, Saturday, 26 January 2008 16:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

that said, i've had the "my name is daniel pearl" part stuck in my head ever since.

still stuck in there! i think about this piece several times most weeks, it just randomly comes to me. really wish there was a recording so i could hear it a second time.

toby, Saturday, 26 January 2008 16:39 (ten years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Starting to think Four Organs is my favourite. I know what Toby means, I had the "From Chicago" bit of Different trains in my head for months

I know, right?, Saturday, 12 July 2008 23:05 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

so, i entered a steve reich remix context, and NOW the voting starts:


please check it out, and if you like, vote for mine!!

Dominique, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 14:58 (eight years ago) Permalink


Dominique, Wednesday, 10 November 2010 15:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

congrats dominique

midiverb II program 49 (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 22:38 (eight years ago) Permalink


hubertus bigend (m coleman), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 22:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

how'd that BBC interview go

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 22:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

hey thanks!

milton, got andrea w to help

Dominique, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 23:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

whoa fuckin a dude congrats!

69, Tuesday, 7 December 2010 23:15 (eight years ago) Permalink

we came 34th haha

midiverb II program 49 (electricsound), Tuesday, 7 December 2010 23:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

the 75th birthday concert at carnegie hall was short but sweet. so percussion did "mallets," kronos quartet did "wtc 9/11," bang on a can did an awesome "2 X 5," and eighth blackbird closed out with a not so bad "double sextet." the only thing that put me to sleep was "wtc 9/11," which is a shame since it was a premiere. oh well. sometimes i couldn't help wondering either why every piece has to have a slow middle movement, and what mike oldfield makes of reich. anyways it felt good to applaud the old fella applauding us back at the end of the show

reggie (qualmsley), Sunday, 1 May 2011 13:50 (seven years ago) Permalink

>what mike oldfield makes of reich

1978's 'Incantations' was pretty much an answer record to Oldfield discovering Reich. And then the next record had that disco cover of Glass' 'North Star'.


Milton Parker, Sunday, 1 May 2011 18:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

I heard an interview with Reich this week and he said the premier of WTC 9/11 was in North Carolina but this was to be the first performance in NYC.

brotherlovesdub, Sunday, 1 May 2011 20:20 (seven years ago) Permalink

milton that song is bizarre! thanks for posting it. i wonder where "2 X 5" premiered. this video
kinda gives an idea of how frippy a guitar symphony can be. nothing like seeing it live though. all sorts of crusty oldsters were rocking out. can't believe the guy's in his 70s and making music that sounds a little like battles

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 2 May 2011 13:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Not going to Sonar this year, but man, this sucks: Steve Reich just pulled out of the festival due to health problems.

"Steve Reich will be unable to travel to Barcelona for his performance at Sonar festival this year due to health issues. Sonar says that 74 year old Reich is "obliged to remain at home under medical orders".


geeta, Friday, 3 June 2011 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Knew he shouldn't have been hugging all those strangers at his birthday party. Hugging randoms, sure way to pick up nasty germs.

(Kidding. Get well Steve Reich!)

Karen D. Tregaskin, Friday, 3 June 2011 15:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

hmm, this cover has apparently been pulled by nonesuch because people were offended. i'm not offended, it's just kind of cruddy.
Minimalist composer Steve Reich made waves a few weeks ago when his record label, Nonesuch, unveiled the cover art for his new album, WTC 9/11: a darkened, dirtied version of a photograph taken on the tragic day, featuring the second hijacked plane just moments before it hit the second tower.
Reaction was swift and fierce, as Seth Colter Walls detailed in a piece for Slate. Critics said that the commercial repurposing of such an image was insensitive and inappropriate; a fellow composer called it “the first truly despicable classical album cover that I have ever seen.” …

Now, the mini-tragedy has been avoided: Nonesuch just announced that it will replace the cover art for the album’s Sept. 20 release.

tylerw, Friday, 12 August 2011 16:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

It's strange that he couldn't come up with a more artistic or abstract representation of 9/11 and instead chose the most iconic image.

kkvgz, Friday, 12 August 2011 16:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah. here's reich's statement
As a composer I want people to listen to my music without something distracting them. The present cover of WTC 9/11 will, for many, act as a distraction from listening and so, with the gracious agreement of Nonesuch, the cover is being changed.

When the cover was being designed, I believed, as did all the staff at Nonesuch and the art director, that a piece of music with documentary material from an event would best be matched with a documentary photograph of that event. I felt that the photo suggested by our art director was very powerful, and Nonesuch backed me up. All of us felt that anyone seeing the cover would feel the same way.

When the cover was released on the Nonesuch site and elsewhere, there was, instead, an outpouring of controversy mostly by people who had never heard the music.

When WTC 9/11 was performed by the Kronos Quartet, first in Durham, North Carolina, at Duke University and then shortly afterwards outside of Los Angeles and then at Carnegie Hall and again at the Barbican Centre in London, the reaction of the public and press was extremely thoughtful and moving. To have this reaction to the music usurped by the album cover seemed completely wrong. Accordingly, the cover is being changed.

I want to thank Nonesuch for backing up my original decision about the cover and for backing up my decision now to change it so we can put the focus back where it belongs, on the music.

tylerw, Friday, 12 August 2011 17:01 (seven years ago) Permalink

I mean, there's is so much potential for artistic interpretation around this enormous earth-shattering event and so many powerful existing images.

kkvgz, Friday, 12 August 2011 17:03 (seven years ago) Permalink

a fellow composer called it “the first truly despicable classical album cover that I have ever seen.” …

truly despicable classical album covers i have known

bruce actual springsteen (schlump), Friday, 12 August 2011 17:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

I am going to fathom a guess that the fellow composer was not Karlheinz Stockhausen...

it's a meme i made and i like (Steve Shasta), Friday, 12 August 2011 17:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

has he seen this one?

tylerw, Friday, 12 August 2011 17:11 (seven years ago) Permalink

i don't find it offensive but it does seem like its being turned into album cover art twisted something about the way the image would be seen that would be unacceptable to people who are probably within their rights.

i'm not even sure it could be pulled off without lettering, but lettering automatically makes an image read, somehow, as if someone is saying 'awesome' about it, or as if the name above it is proud of it.

j., Friday, 12 August 2011 18:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

Or like, in terms of a musician, "I am this - it represents me."

kkvgz, Friday, 12 August 2011 18:49 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


WilliamC, Thursday, 27 June 2013 20:54 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

hey i like the johnny greenwood electric counterpoint

schlump, Saturday, 4 October 2014 03:51 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...


Immediate Follower (NA), Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:54 (three years ago) Permalink

came up on my Facebook today but only for iphone, screw you Reich

This is for my new ringpiece, so please only serious answers (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 9 July 2015 17:57 (three years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Am I a rhythmical klutz or is the clapping music app hard mode really fucking hard?

ledge, Wednesday, 29 July 2015 18:02 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...


aaaaablnnn (abanana), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 15:52 (three years ago) Permalink

Am I a rhythmical klutz or is the clapping music app hard mode really fucking hard?



mitch bagnet (MaresNest), Wednesday, 25 November 2015 17:18 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Tonight at 7:30 (UK time) The Royal College of Music are livestreaming a concert of and Reich will be there too.

The program is Clapping Music, Double Sextet, Three Movements and Quartet.


MaresNest, Thursday, 10 March 2016 10:20 (two years ago) Permalink


Brakhage, Thursday, 10 March 2016 21:51 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I saw him at the interval, he was up in the balcony/area with the hob nobs, like the big berry faced wanker he is.

MaresNest, Friday, 11 March 2016 12:29 (two years ago) Permalink

What was the girl miming with sound effects all about? Is there a compulsory bit where someone must abase themselves for the amusement of royalty, lest the high minded art lend the occasion too much dignity.

Noel Emits, Friday, 11 March 2016 13:11 (two years ago) Permalink

Yeah, no idea what that was all about, it was earlier in the day I guess.

MaresNest, Friday, 11 March 2016 13:47 (two years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
four months pass...

i know this is insane but now i can't help but hear one of the street recording snippets in the first movement of "different trains' "trump's the problem. from new york. trump's the problem. from new york" instead of "from chicago. to new york." trump has infiltrated and ruined every part of me

Karl Malone, Monday, 24 July 2017 06:29 (one year ago) Permalink

see also: nellie the elephant

The XX pants (ledge), Monday, 24 July 2017 08:52 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Live in a couple of hours: clapping music, quartet, drumming.


StanM, Saturday, 2 December 2017 13:51 (one year ago) Permalink

Thank you!

MaresNest, Saturday, 2 December 2017 14:49 (one year ago) Permalink

^^^ OTM

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Saturday, 2 December 2017 14:53 (one year ago) Permalink

even better: it's three concerts in a row - tomorrow as well


StanM, Saturday, 2 December 2017 15:13 (one year ago) Permalink

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