Steve Reich- Electric Counterpoint III

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  • Created on: 25-04-13 12:41
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  • Steve Reich- Electric Counterpoint III
    • Technology
      • Old tapes cut and pasted together
      • Multi-track recording to layer sounds
      • Live performances often use recorded backing tracks to build up the layers
    • Melody
      • Guitar 3 uses additive melody where 2 or 3 notes keep being added util the whole riff is heard
    • Tonality & Harmony
      • Reich uses tonal ambiguity- keeps the listener guessing
      • Bass guitars confirm E minor- aeolian mode
      • Changes to C minor in B section for contrast
      • Piece finishes on an E5 chord giving "open" and "sparse" sound.
    • Tempo & Rhythm
      • Made up of rhythmic layered ostinati which are phase shifted and displaced
      • Constant tempo throughout
      • 3/2    12/8    3/2
    • Form & Structure
      • Divided into two main sections A and B with a coda
      • Main sections then subdivided into four smaller sections, each defined by changes of key and texture
    • Instrumentation
      • The guitar parts enter in the following order:
      • Guitar 1
      • Live guitar 2, 3 and 4
      • Bass guitars 1 and 2: 5, 6 ,7
    • Texture
      • Multi-layered texture each track being "multi-tracked" to allow live performances over the top
      • Texture fairly constant but with the use of panning texture always seems to be shifting
      • Interviewing rhythms
    • Facts about set work
      • Written for jazz guitarist Pat Methney
      • Record all parts himself
      • Tape loops
      • Third movements 140 bars long
      • Lasts 4:30 minutes

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