Minimalism Key Features
1960s and 1970s
Metamorphosis= changes the shape of a loop
Phase shifting + Layering
Made using tape recorders + Multitrack recording
Metrical displacement= Same motif but each part starts in different parts of the bar
3rd movement from Electric Counterpoint- Steve Rei
Steve Reich is American. Written in 1987.
For 7 electric guitars, 2 electric bass guitars + live solo guitar part
Should be performed by 1 guitarist- parts are pre-recorded + overdubbed
Crotchet= 192 'Fast'. In 3/2 but sometimes 12/8- polymetre.
Syncopated quaver motif ostinato- repetitive. Polyphonic. No cadences.
4 parts have canon riff. Addition is used. Hexatonic scales used (6 notes).
In E minor. Changes to C minor near end- Diatonic. Contrapuntal texture.
Static harmony (the chords don't change very often). Dynamic stays constant throughoput.
Climaxes at end: Fortissimo, time signature + key changes frequently