STEVE REICH : FOUR ORGANS/PHASE PATTERNS [ Superior Viaduct ]
Format : Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Reissue
Condition : New
Country : US
Released : 2016
Genre : Electronic, Classical
"Four Organs" is the ultimate minimalist composition: four identical Farfisa organs strike a single chord and gradually lengthen each note to produce polyrhythms between the players. Τhe piece deconstructs its opening burst to a sustained mass of sound – stretching the tones to create "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. Originally released on Shandar in 1971, Four Organs / Phase Patterns is one of the most highly regarded avant-garde recordings of the past 50 years.