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STEVE REICH

FOUR ORGANS / PHASE PATTERNS

SUPERIOR VIADUCT


Format: CD
Cata No: SV096
Barcode: 855985006956
Format: LP
Cata No: SV096LP
Barcode: 855985006963
** Now available on vinyl* 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 stoicallysteady
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.”
Inspired by Reich’s early training on drums, “Phase Patterns”
treats the keyboards like tuned percussion instruments:
a basic rhythm pattern is played in unison and almost imperceptibly increases tempo to move out-of-sync.
Each progressive cycle emphasizes unique figures that are
not generated by an individual alone, but rather emerge
from the communal expression of the group.
Originally released on Shandar in 1971, Four Organs /
Phase Patterns is one of most highly regarded avant-garde
recordings in the past 45 years. This CD release features
cover photography by artist Michael Snow and is recommended
for fans of Neu!, Glenn Branca and Tim Hecker.

Tracks:

1. Four Organs
2. Phase Patterns

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