Reich early works.........

Steve Reich
Early Works (1987) [Compilation]

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketIn 1965 in San Francisco, partly inspired by the phase experiments of Terry Riley's In C, Steve Reich was playing around with two identical tape loops he had recorded of a black Pentecostal preacher. Letting the loops go slightly out of phase, he became mesmerized by the complex sub-rhythms set up by the interference, the voice morphing into a pulsing Minimalist music. It's Gonna Rain lifts those three words out of the sermon, turning them into a rhythm -a flickering repeat that shears into depersonalized cyber tones. In a longer sequence, about people beseeching Noah to let them into the ark, the tape subdivides into eight loops of garbled counterpoint. In 1966 he pushed the voice of Daniel Hamm, arrested in the Harlem riots of 1964, even further towards a morass of hypnotic vibrations around the phrase "Come out to show them". A Techno prophecy

(FYI- this was #10 on The Wire's 100 works that set the world on fire while no one was listening)




Anonymous said...

Hi zhao,

great new upload, thanks!

BTW, the "Breton Bitch" is passée, but you can feel free to drop by at


any time.

I don't know if it is quite up your alley, but would you happen to have John Adams' "Shaker Loops"?

Thanks again.
Have a great day!

Liquid Dilemma said...

great blogspot, amazing music, keep up the good work!!!

i just started one of my own, check:



zhao said...

parzival, no john adams. he's not high on my list to use some verbal restraint...

liquid. bigup.

Anonymous said...

@ zhao

no problem, it was just a thought born out of the other minimalist Reich being presented here.

Staying at minimal music for a sec, how about Terry Riley's "In C"?
You got that one possibly?

Thanks again for your older spectral music re-ups, I really dig Gerard Grisey!

tom7865 said...

i have shaker loops and "in c". will upload when i have a chance.

Anonymous said...

Hi tom7865,

sorry, I just realized this was your u/l, thanks again!

Any further minimalist material is more than welcome! :)
Thanks for your help.

Rich said...

Thank you so much for this!
Have been perusing your archives for hours. Amazing!