Tape Collage and Five-Part Canons: Early Steve Reich Soundtracks
Monday, October 03, 2016
On October 3, Q2 Music celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with a 24-hour marathon – one 12-hour marathon streamed twice – of his trailblazing music from 1965 to 1990 in chronological order, with a good sampling of later works, many of them introduced by Steve himself.
Steve Reich did write music before It's Gonna Rain. Here are two soundtracks he made for the experimental filmmaker Robert Nelson. If you're looking for hints of his later work, note the tape collage in Plastic Haircut and the minstrel song in Oh dem Watermelons that gets deconstructed and turned into a five part canon!
For Livelihood, Reich recorded hours of conversations with taxi drivers and distilled them down to three minutes. Melodica was written right after Come Out and is the only piece in his official list of works that is not available commercially.
Plastic Haircut (1963)
Oh Dem Watermelons (1964)
On October 3, Q2 Music celebrates Steve Reich's 80th birthday with a 24-hour marathon – specifically one 12-hour marathon repeated once – of his trailblazing music from 1965 to 1990 in chronological order, with a good sampling of later works, many of them introduced by Steve himself. Follow Q2 Music on Twitter and like us on Facebook for live updates. Phil Kline hosts weekdays from 11am to 1 pm on Q2 Music.