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Reich Remixed

Artist: Steve Reich
Steve Reich - Reich Remixed CD
Label: Nonesuch
Regular Price: $15.95
On Sale For: $7.98 
Year: 2010
Format: CD


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The beauty of Steve Reich's minimalist compositions can be found not in their repetition but in their evolution. Listening to the Kronos Quartet perform Different Trains, the listener quickly gets over the camp value of the conductor samples to discover an unfolding theme that harks back not only to bustling industrialism but also to the horror of the Nazi concentration-camp trains. Reich is a master of such subtle changes in sonics, and his impeccable timing turns simple phrases into musical tapestries. On Reich Remixed, some of dance music's more innovative artists pay homage to the composer in the way they know best: by sampling his works and remixing them into their own. Coldcut's take on Music for 18 Musicians adds a fast-paced techno flair to the classic composition, Howie B's Eight Lines respectfully keeps the integrity of the original piece, and Tranquility Bass peppers "Megamix" with voices and (eventually) beats. There are some misses here, and, most unfortunate, DJ Spooky's schizophrenic treatment of City Life lobotomizes a previously fine composition. No, you still can't dance to Reich, but you can see how others use him for source material. But after hearing these condensed and diced versions, you might find it's worth delving back into Reich's originals to hear what the fuss is all about.
Steve Reich (composer)
1. Music For 18 Musicians (Coldcut Remix) - Steve Reich
2. Eight Lines (Howie B Remix) - Bang On A Can/Bradley Lubman
3. The Four Sections (Andrea Parker Remix) - London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
4. Megamix (Tranquility Bass Remix) - Steve Reich/London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas/Theatre Of Voices...
5. Drumming (Mantronik Maximum Drum Formula) - Steve Reich
6. Proverb (Nobukazu Takemura Remix) - Theatre Of Voices
7. Piano Phase (D*Note's Phased & Konfused Mix) - Double Edge
8. City Life (DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid Open Circuit) - The Steve Reich Ensemble/Bradley Lubman
9. Come Out (Ken Ishii Remix) - Steve Reich
10. The Desert music (freQ. Nasty & B.L.I.M.)
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