Electric Counterpoint - Steve Reich - Revision

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  • Created on: 01-04-13 13:01
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  • Electric Counterpoint - Reich
    • Texture
      • The first section has a sparse texture with only one guitar
      • There are then 5 layered textures which are built up
      • The parts are imitative and they build up to make a four part canon and a resultant melody
      • The texture is mostly contrapuntal / polyphonic
      • A total of 10 different parts being played
    • Rhythm and Metre
      • Rhythmic development in this piece is just as important as melodic development
      • 3/2 but changes to 12/8 and then back to 3/2
      • Frequent syncopation and rhythmic counterpoints
      • The interplay of the bass parts adds rhythmic interest
    • Tonality and Harmony
      • The piece uses the Aeolian mode of E
      • There is much tonal ambiguity and the key is not made clear until close to the end
      • Bass defines the key as E minor but there are frequent changes
      • Diatonic harmonies and hexatonic scales used
    • Melody
      • Many resultant melodies created
      • Main motif is looped
      • Motifs grow by note addition
      • Interlocking melodies
      • The strumming is the second idea, and is a complete contrast to the first section
    • Structure
      • Section A and section B
      • The structure seems to get built up just from the texture being changed
    • Music Technology
      • Tape, Overdubbing, Pre-recording mixed with live players
      • Panning makes the guitar sound like they are playing different tunes, but in fact they are just coming out of different speakers
    • 1987
  • Panning makes the guitar sound like they are playing different tunes, but in fact they are just coming out of different speakers

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