Episode 15. Discussion – The Early Works of Steve Reich

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On this episode of lo-fidelity, we begin to explore the works of one of the most influential composers in modern music: Steve Reich. In order to do so we explore prominent works from Stravinsky, Schoenberg, and Stockhausen to set the stage for where classical music was heading toward in the early 20th century. We then sample Reich’s technique of “phasing” in four of his earliest pieces: “It’s Gonna Rain” (1965), “Come Out” (1966), “Piano Phase” (1967), and “Clapping Music” (1972). Come join us for our trip into the avant garde where atonality and tonality clash, and sampling finds its initial foothold in rhythmic construction.


AxeWorld – “This is the New CENTIPEDE [Reworked Album]”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ttLUt9A_IU

AxeWorld – “Repainting Along [Reworked Album]”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dz-eU_NeMsQ

Patrick Cederburg – “Tomboiled [Reworked Album]”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtXfzjoccMA

The official website for Steve Reich: http://www.stevereich.com

Igor Stravinsky – “The Rite of Spring” (1913), performed by the Joffrey Ballet (1987): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jF1OQkHybEQ

Arnold Schoenberg – “String Quartet No. 4” (1936): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L85XTLr5eBE

Karlheinz Stockhausen – “Gesang Der Jünglinge” (1955): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1Psx24n3rM

Luciano Berio – “Sequenza III” (1965): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGovCafPQAE

Steve Reich – The South Bank Show (documentary): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_pR1sHHeQU

Steve Reich – “It’s Gonna Rain” (1965): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vugqRAX7xQE

Steve Reich – “Come Out” (1966): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0WVh1D0N50

Steve Reich – “Piano Phase” (1967): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P_9hDzG1i0

Steve Reich – “Clapping Music” (1972): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNZQzpWCTlA

Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – “Moonlight on Vermont” (1969): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZFG1yAxjdQ

Orbital – “Time Becomes” (1992): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wp49snF3KmE

Madvillain – “America’s Most Blunted” (2004): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jytxkJUM_7U

David Bowie – “Love is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Mix by James Murphy for the DFA)” (2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyGO0IxAr4A


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