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9:00 Steve Reich's 80th birthday

Steve Reich

Steve Reich Photo: Steve Reich

Steve Reich Composer of the Week feature

Ten years ago RNZs Matthew Crawford reviewed Steve Reich's career, marking Reich's 70th birthday. This is the story of a composer who tipped over the table of traditional Western music. He un-learned all accepted wisdom and started again, looking to other cultures for a new performance practice and finding rhythm and melody in the most essential human communication. Like all greats he learned to steal just what he needed to push forward his artistic development, while establishing his music as among the most recognisable of its age.  In the early 1960’s he was one of a small band of American composers who wiped the slate clean. Their answer? Simplicity itself….

Listen to full feature here

STEVE REICH: Mvmt 1, from Double Sextet
eighth blackbird
Nonesuch 524853

STEVE REICH: It's Gonna Rain (excerpt)
Brother Walter (voice), Steve Reich (tape realisation)
Elektra Nonesuch 9 79169

New Zealand composers pick their Steve Reich favourites

Victoria Kelly

Victoria Kelly Photo: Gareth Watkins

To celebrate Steve Reich over the next few weeks we'll have comment from NZ composers who have been influenced by him – beginning today with the favourite choice of Auckland composer Victoria Kelly.

STEVE REICH: Electric Counterpoint
Nonesuch 979 176
Pat Metheny (gtr)


ARNOLD SCHOENBERG: Chamber Symphony Op 9
Schoenberg Ensemble/Reinbert de Leeuw
Etcetera KTC 9000

KEITH JARRETT: Part I, from Köln (Recorded January 24, 1975)
Keith Jarrett (pno)
ECM 810 067

11:00 New Music Dreams

Brian Eno - The Ship

Brian Eno - The Ship Photo: album cover art

Brian Eno (voice, electronics)
WARP 618272

Watch Brian Eno's "The Ship" - A generative film

"An exploration of the music and themes from the new Brian Eno album 'The Ship', forming a journey through modern history to explore the relationship between events present and past. The viewer is invited to view this film and begin an internal discussion about how historical meaning is produced. Does the machine intelligence produce a point of view independent of its makers or its viewers? Or are we - human and machine - ultimately co-creating new and unexpected meanings?" (

Brian Eno (computer), Leo Abrahams (gtr), Jon Hopkins (pno, keyboards, electronics)
Opal Records WARP CD 207