Four Organs, Phase Patterns (LP, Album). Hardcore minimalism from one of the masters. Intense and repetitive, after a while the glacial organs will drill into your very soul. Not to be confused with later Reich offerings (post 1978) which are much lusher and melodic. This is the pure, undistilled and extremely fierce minimalism which is sure to alienate and infuriate many lightweight and fairweather listeners. A good companion to this (and also on Shandar) is the Philip Glass album 'Solo Music'. Another extremely intense and sparse recording (Glass also appears on Four Organs). Reply Notify me 5 Helpful.
Steve Reich has described his 1971 piece Four Organs as an attempt to reproduce the phasing effect of his mid-'60s tape pieces (such as Come Out and It's Gonna Rain) with real musicians in a concert setting. Four organists (including on this 1974 recording, both Reich himself and his friend Philip Glass) repeatedly play single notes, aided by the superhuman efforts of a maracas player who's providing an unaccented beat at a steady tempo. Phase Patterns is basically the same idea without the steadying influence of the maracas, meaning the phasing effects occur quicker and are more pronounced.
Phase Patterns for four electric organs (1970). Drumming for 4 pairs of tuned bongo drums, 3 marimbas, 3 glockenspiels, 2 female voices, whistling and piccolo (1970/1971). Clapping Music for two musicians clapping (1972). Music for Pieces of Wood for five pairs of tuned claves (1973). Six Pianos (1973) – also arranged as Six Marimbas (1986) and Piano Counterpoint (2011). Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ (1973). Music for 18 Musicians (1974–76). Four Musical Minimalists: La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, Philip Glass. Music in the Twentieth Century series. Cambridge, UK; New York, New York: Cambridge University Press. Steve Reich: A Bio-Bibliography. Greenwood Press, 2002.
More albums from Steve Reich: If You Break My Heart by Steve Reich. Three Dances & Four Organs by Steve Reich. Six Pianos, Music For Mallet Instruments, Voices And Organ by Steve Reich. Early Works by Steve Reich. Octet, Music For A Large Ensemble, Violin Phase by Steve Reich. Minimalist by Steve Reich. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich.
Album · 1970 · 2 Songs. By Steve Reich - Steve Reich & Jon Gibson.
Here, they are given vibrant new readings by members of the German new music group, Ensemble Avant Garde. The electric organs play short, repeated patterns that gradually go in and out of phase with each other, creating a shimmering matrix of sound that is both hypnotic and fascinating in detail
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