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Information Transmission, Modulation and Noise:
Steve Reich and Jon Gibson

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 111 min
Event Type: Interview and Music Program Origin: KPFA

Steve Reich and Jon Gibson stopped by the KPFA studio after a rehearsal for a performance scheduled for the next day at the U. C. Berkeley’s Art Museum. The discussion centers around Reich’s very unusual music and you will hear an East Coast performance of his “Four Organs” as well as an exciting recording of Ghanian drumming which Reich recorded when in that country. They also introduce the music of Philip Glass, playing a tape of his “Music in Similar Motion”. The program ends with a discussion about the influence of world music and environmental soundscapes on contemporary composers.

Part 1 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Violin Phase [excerpt] (1967) / Steve Reich -- Four Organs (1970) / Steve Reich -- Gahu / Ghana Dance Ensemble
Performers:  Jon Gibson, maracas (Four Organs)
Ghana Dance Ensemble (Gahu)
Steve Reich, rattle (Gahu)
Genres:  Minimalism; New Music
Subject:  New music; Minimal music; Violin music; Quintets (Organs (4), maracas); Organ music; Percussion ensembles; World music; Music -- Ghana
People:  Friedman, Richard; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Gibson, Jon
Recording Date:  11/9/1970
First Broadcast Date:  11/9/1970
 
Part 2 of 2:  
Musical Selections:  Phase Patterns (1970) / Steve Reich -- Music in Similar Motion, for instrumental ensemble (1969) / Philip Glass
Performers:  Steve Chambers, elec. organ (Phase ; Motion)
Art Murphy, elec. organ (Phase ; Motion)
Steve Reich, elec. organ ; elec. harpsichord (Phase ; Motion)
Jon Gibson, elec. organ ; saxophone (Phase ; Motion)
Philip Glass, elec. organ (Motion)
Richard Landry, saxophone (Motion)
Beverly Lauridsen, cello (Motion)
Genres:  Minimalism; New Music
Subject:  New music; Minimal music; Organ music; Electronic organ ensembles; Instrumental ensembles; World music; Soundscapes (Music)
People:  Friedman, Richard; Reich, Steve, 1936-; Gibson, Jon; Glass, Philip; Chambers, Steve; Murphy, Art; Landry, Richard; Lauridsen, Beverly
Recording Date:  11/9/1970
First Broadcast Date:  11/9/1970
 
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