Electric Counterpoint

A VERY detailed analysis of Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich covering all areas you will need to learn for the exam and more!

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  • Electric Counterpoint
    • Context
      • Steve Reich
      • 1979
      • Minimalist
      • Written for Pat Metheny
    • Texture
      • Polyphonic
        • Made up of two or more parts
      • Imitative parts create a cannon
      • There are 10 parts in total
      • 1st section has a sparse texture
      • 5 layers
      • Contrapuntal Texture
    • Instrumentation
      • 8 guitars - 7 recorded and 1 live
      • 2 pre-recorded bass parts
    • Structure
      • 2 sections - A and B
      • Binary Form
    • Tonality and Harmony
      • Abiguity of tone, however hints at Em, and this is confirmed when the bass enters
      • Modal - Em
      • Diatonic harmonies
    • Melody
      • Main motif is repeated - ostinato
      • Strumming of chords creates contrast
      • Resultant melody is created from smaller motifs
      • Interlocking melodies
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • 3/2 then changes to 12/8 then returns to 3/2
      • Syncopation
      • Counterpoints
      • Bass creates rhythmical interest
    • Music Tech.
      • Panning on the guitars
      • Overdubbing
      • Pre-recorded parts
  • Rhythm and Metre
    • 3/2 then changes to 12/8 then returns to 3/2
    • Syncopation
    • Counterpoints
    • Bass creates rhythmical interest

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This is awesome!!!

AnnaSemple

what's in 1879? is it supposed to be 1979?

Peter


Covers the basic well. Cheerz Pard.

Samuel Richardson

This overview of the key features of 'Electric Counterpoint' by Steve Reich covers a variety of basic points and key terms. Make sure you understand everything that is mentioned here, and if not, go back to your notes. 

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