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Steve Reich
Live / Electric Music

Live / Electric Music collects two pieces by Steve Reich, one of the masters of minimalism. The a-side features 'Violin Phase' which is recorded by Paul Zukofsky, which sees Reich applying his phasing skills to one of the more mournful instruments. 'It's Gonna Rain' meanwhile has Reich looping a doomsaying pastor.

Steve Reich
Different Trains / Electric Counterpoint

Lots of ways to evoke trains in music. We could scarce forget Lord Buckley’s ‘The Train’ from ‘69, and Kraftwerk did a splendid synthetic job in ‘77 with Trans-Europe Express. Highly influential US composer Steve Reich’s own contribution to this genre (traincore), a sumptuous rhythmic work performed by Kronos Quartet, came in ‘89 through Nonesuch, and now they’re reissuing it. Also present is the equally beautiful ‘Electric Counterpoint’, performed by Pat Metheny.

Steve Reich
The ECM Recordings

Say no more: some of the most classic works of a major contemporary composer on a major contemporary label. This box-set of Steve Reich’s ECM Recordings includes several essential pieces of Reichian minimalism, including Tehillim and Music For 18 Musicians, presented in crucial original recordings from 1978-1982. Plus a hefty booklet of liner notes and an essay.

Steve Reich
Pulse / Quartet

Steve Reich’s office has a huge portrait of Steve Reich looking down benevolently on Steve Reich. Which is kind of like a Steve Reich piece, feeding off itself in a continuous loop. Where Quartet is full of energy and all over the place harmonically, Pulses is a more quiet work - especially for Reich standards. The end-result entrancingly oscillates between two poles - as we've come to expect from the minimal music mastermind.

Steve Reich
Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ

Never shying away from blunt titles Steve Reich’s Drumming, Six Pianos, Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ is exactly that. Drumming alone is a nearly 90 minute piece revolving around drums xylophone and glockenspiels. The lord of repetition and subtle dynamic change in full swing. First time on vinyl since the original release in 1974.

Steve Reich

What collection of the great works of Steve Reich would be complete without the mighty Drumming? The piece, scored for a percussion ensemble of marimbas, glockenspiels, tuned bongos etc., moves beautifully through an array of rhythms and counter-rhythms, following Reich’s simple-but-complex patterns. This classic 1987 recording has been remastered for this vinyl reissue on Pure Pleasure.

Steve Reich
Information, Transmission, Modulation and Noise

Documentation of a 1969 concert by two of the masters of early minimalism. Steve Reich and Philip Glass perform on both Reich’s Four Organs and Glass’s Music In Similar Motion. This release also contains a great version of Drumming recorded by Ghanaian musicians. Needless to say, with all involved being at the peak of their powers, this is excellent listening. Information, Transmission, Modulation and Noise is released by Modern Silence.

Steve Reich
Music For 18 Musicians

As part of Record Store Day 2015 we have a special anniversary release of Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians. Two 180 gram Vinyls, one with a mono mix version, the other in full glorious stereo. As well as a bonus 7” with singles “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long” and “I’m Depending On You”. If you like your John Cage, Stockhausen, and even Aphex Twin.

Steve Reich / Terry Riley
Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1

Six Pianos is a Steve Reich piece for, uh, six pianos, originally composed in the 70’s. Presented here is a brand new 2016 version produced by overlaying six pianist’s separate recordings, with personnel including Hauschka and two members of Brandt Brauer Frick. Supporting the piece is Terry Riley’s keyboard Study #1. Out on the Film label.

Sakamoto / Reich / Satie
re:works Vol. 1

A happy cross-cultural mix-up here on this new Decca series. The re:works are the results of letting contemporary producers get stuck into the Decca Classics catalogue, so you get Martin Buttrich on Erik Satie(!), Patrice Bäumel on Steve Reich and Francesco Tristano on Ryuchi Sakamoto. Each track travels far from the original sources in a high-grade manner. 12” on Decca.

Debussy / Reich / Satie
re:works Vol. 2

A happy cross-cultural mix-up here on this new Decca series. The re:works are what came of letting contemporary producers get stuck into the Decca Classics catalogue, so you get Fort Romeau on Erik Satie, Mr Scruff on Steve Reich and Henrik Schwarz on none other than Claude Debussy himself. The results will surprise and delight! 12” on Decca.

Steve Reich / Ensemble Avantgarde
Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music

Vinyl treatment for the academic oddball Steve Reich and the Ensemble Avantgarde. Four Organs / Phase Patterns / Pendulum Music is exactly what you would expect it to be. Classic minimal Reichian experimentation, this time with organs. It sounds like John Carpenter stuck in an acid loop, or maybe the dvd menu has been going for hours. Either way, its totally good. Out on vinyl LP from Karl Records.

Steve Reich
Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Classic Steve Reich pieces presented in the form of classic 1971 recordings, reissued by Superior Viaduct. Both Four Organs and Phase Patterns utilise Reich’s patented phased repetition techniques, each performed by an ensemble including both Reich himself and fellow minimalist prince Philip Glass. CD reissue on Superior Viaduct.

Steve Reich, Kronos Quartet, Brian Wilson, Various
The Nonesuch Collection Vol.1

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