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"Weird Music Is Still Good": Erik Hall on Isolation and Pulling Off an Impossible Steve Reich-ian Feat

Finding himself at a loose end, Erik Hall doesn't indulge in Netflix marathons or spends time sorting out his closet, instead he recreates Steve Reich's seminal masterpiece Music for 18 Musicians in his basement. And then he tells PopMatters about it.

Ian Rushbury
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Ensemble Signal: Steve Reich - Double Sextet / Radio Rewrite



Ensemble Signal makes a strong case for Reich’s continued relevance as well as the strength of his work in this masterful recording of two late-period Reich compositions.

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Ensemble Signal: Music for 18 Musicians

Ensemble Signal reproduce Steve Reich's '70s minimalist masterpiece with inhuman precision.

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Tristan Perich: Parallels

Minimalism, purism, discipline are the three components that make up Tristan Perich's music and this album in particular.

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Billband: Towards Daybreak

The best moments of the album come with nice, quiet, witty effects.

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So Percussion: It Is Time

Percussion ensemble keeps counting out time.

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Touch People: Show Me Your Dimensions and Sound Expression

Darren Keen (The Show Is the Rainbow, Bad Speler) delivers two deep-reaching records.

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Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet: WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, Dance Patterns

Much like Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking of the Titanic," composer Steven Reich applies his minimal composition technique to address a great tragedy. The remaining works on this CD don't even come close to following suit.

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'Steve Reich: Phase to Face' Suffers from Restraint

Do you hear that? It's the sound of the surface barely being scratched over Steve Reich's career.

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Steve Reich: Double Sextet/2x5

In 2009, composer Steve Reich received the Pulitzer Prize for his composition "Double Sextet". Nonesuch's pairing of "Double Sextet" with a similar composition, "2x5", produces a mixed bag.

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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller (editor), Steve Reich (Introduction)

One contribution to the collection is a discussion of Keith’s sonic portrait, "Sexmachines", a triptych based on multiple recordings of the sounds made by a vibrator, a dildo, and an anal plug.

Erika Nanes
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Steve Reich: Daniel Variations

The acclaimed minimalist composer’s concept piece inspired by slain journalist Daniel Pearl is just as baffling in execution as it is in theory.

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The Sounds of Now: Steve Reich and the Transmogrification of the Banal

As human beings, interpretive animals that attempt to navigate the world by coming to some sort of "understanding" of it, we are addicted to purpose.

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