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Steve Reich - Information Transmission, Modulation And Noise
Steve Reich
Information Transmission, Modulation And Noise
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Classical Music
As noted for our Live In Berkeley 1970 release, the New York-born experimental composer and abstract keyboardist Steve Reich was an important pioneer of minimalism. After studying with jazz pianist Hall Overton, Reich learned composition at the Julliard
School of Music and later at Mills College, a hotbed of experimental music situated at the foot of the Oakland Hills, east of San Francisco. He later began experimenting with audio tape as a music medium at the San Francisco Tape Music Center with important figures involved in early electronic music experimentation, including Morton Subotnick, Pauline Oliveros, Ramon Sender and Phil Lesh, who would later become bassist in the Grateful Dead, and more importantly with Terry Riley, who collaborated with Reich for the staging of In C in 1964, which utilized fragmented music patterns in constant movement. Reich subsequently composed a number of film soundtracks and in 1967 collaborated with Oliveros and Richard Maxfield for the release New Sounds In Electronic Music. Phased patterns, sonic loops and electronic percussion were focal points from the mid-60s onwards. Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise is an astounding release, though many reviews repeat inaccurate information about the recordings featured on it. The music was first broadcast to the world in the early hours of November 6, 1970 on KPFA in Berkeley, California, when Reich and woodwind wizard/percussionist Jon Gibson made an unscheduled appearance at the studio, armed with a number of recent recordings. The first to air was a masterful version of Reich’s “Four Organs,” taken from a performance given at the Guggenheim in New York in May 1970, featuring regular collaborators Philip Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers on combative organs, along with Reich, plus Gibson on non-stop maracas; it is strongly contrasted by the raw, mesmerising power of a percussive piece recorded in Ghana in the summer of 1970, made with members of the Ghana Dance Ensemble playing traditional Ewe instruments; according to Reich’s introduction during the broadcast, the piece is called “Gahu,” featuring master drummer Gideon Alewoye on the large agboba drum, dancer Freeman Dongo on the smaller kidi, dancer Thomas Annan on the even smaller kagan, and
Reich and Steve Scott on axatse rattles, along with an unidentified player on a gonkogwe or gungong bell. On the B-side of the disc, Reich presents an equally mesmerising rendition of Glass’ “Music In Similar Motion,” recorded at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis in May 1970, featuring Glass, Steve Chambers and Art Murphy on organ, Gibson and Richard Landry on soprano saxophones, Beverly Lauridsen on amplified cello, and Reich on an electric harpsichord.
Steve Reich - Live / Electric Music
Steve Reich - Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint
Steve Reich - Berkeley University Museum - November 7, 1970 Transparent Vinyl Edition
Steve Reich
Berkeley University Museum - November 7, 1970 Transparent Vinyl Edition
LP | EU | Reissue (Modern Silence)
19,99 €*
Release:EU – Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
A live performance of four early works by Steve Reich: “Four Organs”, “My Name Is”, “Piano Phase” and “Phase Patterns.” This performance marked an important moment in San Francisco bay area new music history with the triumphant return to the east bay by Reich, who studied at Mills College with Luciano Berio, and who performed the 1964 world premiere of Terry Riley’s seminal work, “In C”, at the San Francisco Tape Music Center. The resonant acoustics of the University of California at Berkeley Museum’s concrete interior were especially appropriate for “Four Organs”, with its long additive sustained chords over a maraca pulse. Repressed in a limited edition of 500 copies on transparent vinyl.
Steve Reich - Drumming
Steve Reich - Berkeley November 7 1970
Steve Reich
Berkeley November 7 1970
LP | 2019 | EU (Alternative Fox)
19,99 €*
Release:2019 / EU
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Alternative Fox delivers a landmark release in the history of minimalism with a live performance documented from one of the genre’s key figures - Steve Reich. Recorded live at Berkeley University in the 1970s (home also to key minimalism figures Terry Riley and La Monte Young), this performance sees Reich deliver some of his now legendary compositions, such as the shifting tape-loop experimentation of My Name Is, whereby vocals are cut up, looped and played at different speeds to create constantly shifting combinations. Similar to his It’s Gonna Rain, it’s utterly disorientating and makes for an absorbinglistening whilst doffing a cap to cut-up techniques championed by early Dadaists and later Brion Gysion and Burroughs. The two-part Piano Phase demonstrates the ef fects of playing minimalistic notes on two separate pianos at slightly different speeds, so the two driftin an out of phase with each other.
The effects are highly meditative, causing subtle rhythmic mutations throughout the piece, whilst Phase Patterns explores a similar technique albeit with a grainer electric organ. Last but not least, Four Organs explores the effects of sustained chords on multiple organs, set amongst a perpetual maraca, whereby the combination of interlocking chords on the separate instruments amalgamate to form a dense, textured tonal tapestry.
Steve Reich - Live / Electric Music
Steve Reich - Drumming
Steve Reich
Drumming
2LP | 1971 | US | Reissue (Superior Viaduct)
29,99 €*
Release:1971 / US – Reissue
Genre:Classical Music
Steve Reich’s Drumming is regarded as one of the most important musical works of the last century. Distilled through his studies of African percussion in Ghana during 1970 and Balinese gamelan music, Reich revolutionized our understanding of polyrhythms, sculpting a new sonic territory to illuminate the radical potential of Minimalism.

Divided into four sections, performed without pause, Drumming is written for eight small tuned drums, three marimbas, three glockenspiels, piccolo and voice. The singers recite melodic patterns that mimic the sounds of the instruments, gradually rising to the surface and then fading out. The overall effect can be transfixing—pulling listeners into the rhythm and possessing a raw immediacy, directness and energy.

The premier performances of Drumming took place in December 1971 in New York City—first at The Museum of Modern Art, then at Brooklyn Academy of Music and finally at Town Hall where this recording was made—and featured the composer along with a cast of longtime collaborators including Art Murphy, Steve Chambers, Russ Hartenberger, James Preiss, Jon Gibson, Joan La Barbara, Judy Sherman, Jay Clayton, Ben Harms, Gary Burke, Frank Maefsky and James Ogden.

Originally released in 1972 by gallerist John Gibson in a small private edition, Drumming represents the culmination of Reich’s investigation into rhythmic phase relationships and its early realization captures a remarkably organic feel, especially compared to the more widely known version on Deutsche Grammophon from 1974.
Steve Reich - Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos
Steve Reich
Drumming / Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ / Six Pianos
3LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Deutsche Grammophon)
50,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Classical Music
According to the master’s 80th anniversary 3rd of October 2016 Deutsche Grammophon presents the iconic recording from 1974. “Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ“ was recorded 1974 in Polydor-Studios Hamburg. 40 years later this great recoding finally gets officially re-released. The record contains liner notes of Steve Reich and photos. This is a limited run of 2500 copies. The records are pressed to 180g vinyl including a download code.
Steve Reich - Four Organs / Phase Patterns
Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns
LP | 2016 | US | Original (Superior Viaduct)
24,99 €*
Release:2016 / US – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music. Though he studied at the prestigious arts institutions Julliard and Mills College, by the mid-1960s Reich set about dismantling the very orthodoxy that he had been trained in. Forming a new musical language based on repetitive processes, Reich became established as part of the so-called “Big Four” of New York minimalists (along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass). Reich’s influence can easily be seen today in both the classical world and contemporary pop music. “Four Organs” is the ultimate minimalist composition. Performed by Reich, Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers, four identical Farfisa organs strike a single chord and gradually lengthen each note to produce polyrhythms between the players. Anchored by Jon Gibson’s stoically-steady pulse on maracas, the piece deconstructs its opening burst to a sustained mass of sound – stretching the tones to create (in Reich’s words) “slow-motion music.” Inspired by Reich’s early training on drums, “Phase Patterns” treats the keyboards like tuned percussion instruments: a basic rhythm pattern is played in unison and almost imperceptibly increases tempo to move out-of-sync. Each progressive cycle emphasizes unique figures that are not generated by an individual alone, but rather emerge from the communal expression of the group. Originally released on Shandar in 1971, Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years. This first-time vinyl reissue features cover photography by artist Michael Snow and is recommended for fans of Neu!, Glenn Branca and Tim Hecker.
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