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Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

Steve Reich
Music for 18 Musicians
Style: Classical
Label: ECM
Catalog Number: ECM 1-1129
Released: 1978, 70's
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Steve Reich’s organic minimalist tour de force is a ground breaking record that would become an influence for much of the electronic records we hear today. Reich creates an underlying harmonic undertone with two rhythmically different time signatures occurring simultaneously. Though the movement from chord to chord is often just a re-voicing, inversion or relative minor/major of a previous chord, the instruments usually stay within the key signature of three shapes at all times. These limitations create a repetition of movement that play an important role in inducing an almost trance-like hypnotic state. All of this is achieved with the utilization of 18 syncopated instruments: a violin, cello, 2 clarinets doubling bass clarinet, 4 women’s voices, 4 pianos, 3 marimbas, 2 xylophones and a metallophone (a vibraphone with no motor). All of the instruments used in the recording are acoustic but even so, “Music for 18 Musicians”, is a must listen for music fans seeking a deeper understanding of the origins of the electronic genre.

– Michael Friedman

Recommended – Full listen

Tags: ECM / Essential Listening / Minimal / Modern Classical
Tracklist:

A Pulse – Sections I – IV
B Sections V – XI – Pulse

Credits:

Composed by- Steve Reich
Piano, Marimba- Steve Reich
Cello – Ken Ishii
Clarinet, Bass Clarinet – Richard Cohen, Virgil Blackwell
Marimba, Maracas – Gary Schall
Marimba, Xylophone – Bob Becker, Glen Velez, Russ Hartenberger
Marimba, Xylophone, Piano – David Van Tieghem
Metallophone, Piano – James Preiss
Piano – Nurit Tilles, Steve Chambers
Piano, Maracas – Larry Karush
Violin – Shem Guibbory
Voice – Elizabeth Arnold, Pamela Fraley, Rebecca Armstrong
Voice, Piano – Jay Clayton

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