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Area of study 2:
Minimalism ­ "Electric
Counterpoint" ­ Steve Reich…read more

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Minimalism came about shortly after
Schoenberg's death in 1951 in the USA.
Serialism meant that composers could not
express themselves. Wanted to move back
before serialism to expressionism
Minimalism had very simple rhythmic phrases
and is very repetitive.
Simple, diatonic harmony.
Making complex music from very simple ideas.…read more

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In music, counterpoint is the
relationship between two or more
voices that are independent in
melody and rhythm.…read more

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Electric Counterpoint is Polyphonic:
It is made up of 2 or more individual
parts being played at the same time.
The parts fit together harmonically.…read more

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Steve Reich
1936 ­ (Born in NYC)
He believed in "The process of change" where the
listener should be aware of gradual changes in music =
long pieces.
He introduced the idea of phase shifting in 1966.
Wrote both instrumental and rhythmic minimalist
Rhythmically complex pieces.
Repetitive music.…read more

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Electric Counterpoint -
Performed by one guitarist.
Pat Matheny in 1987.
Has 3 movements ­ ours is the 3rd.
7 electric guitars and 2 electric bass guitars.
Multitrack recording.
No titles ­ just have tempo markings.
3rd movement is 140 bars long .
Made of short ostinato patterns.
Timbre doesn't change much as it's only guitars ­ quite repetative.…read more

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