Steve Reich

Four Organs / Phase Patterns (SV096)

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Four Organs / Phase Patterns

Steve Reich

Superior Viaduct

855985006963

LPS 162057

SV096

JAZZ

1

LP 20,65 €

FIRST TIME ON LP

GATEFOLD EDITION

Steve Reich remains one of the most important figures in 20th century music. Though he studied at the prestigious arts institutions Julliard and Mills College, by the mid-1960s Reich set about dismantling the very orthodoxy that he had been trained in. Forming a new musical language based on repetitive processes, Reich became established as part of the so-called "Big Four" of New York minimalists (along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley and Philip Glass). Reich's influence can easily be seen today in both the classical world and contemporary pop music.

Four Organs is the ultimate minimalist composition. Performed by Reich, Glass, Art Murphy and Steve Chambers, four identical Farfisa organs strike a single chord and gradually lengthen each note to produce polyrhythms between the players. Anchored by Jon Gibson's stoically-steady pulse on maracas, the piece deconstructs its opening burst to a sustained mass of sound – stretching the tones to create (in Reich's words) "slow-motion music."

TRACKS, PERSONNEL & DATES:

  • SIDE A : FOUR ORGANS .... 15:35 min.
  • Steve Chambers - electric organ
  • Philp Glass - electric organ
  • Art Murphy - electric organ
  • Steve Reich - electric organ
  • Jon Gibson - maracas
  • Recorded in May 1970 at The Guggenhein Museum In New York.
  • SIDE B: PHASE PATTERNS.... 16:35 min.
  • Steve Chambers - electric organ
  • Philp Glass - electric organ
  • Art Murphy - electric organ
  • Steve Reich - electric organ
  • Recorded in November 1970 at the Berckley Art Museum