Reich 'Electric Counterpoint'

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How many guitars is it written for and how many performers?
10 guitars= 7 electrical, 2 bass and 1 live all by the same performer
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What recording technique is used?
Multi-tracking
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How is the sound balanced in the studio when it was recorded?
Instruments are panned
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What keys are explored in this piece?
E aeolian mode and C minor, but there is tonal ambiguity
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Give the chord progressions used in the piece.
b40 is C, Bm, E5 then in b52 C, D, Em and finally C, D, Bm in b64
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What does the repeated one bar motif create?
An ostinato
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What minimalist techniques are used to develop the motif?
Note addition, displacement, repetition and layering
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What parts create the four-part canon?
Live guitar and guitars 1-4
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What are the interlocking melodies palyed by parts 5-7 based on?
Triads outlining the melody
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How is the structure best defined as?
Rounded binary: A,B, Coda- but it's unlcear as only the tonality changes so the contrast isn't obvious
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Describe the texture.
A counterpoint texture is created- hence the name electric counterpoint. Also polyphonic, layered, builds up, reduced at end, panning, mostly the same throughout, strummed chords.
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Why is a the metre described as a polymetre?
It switches between 12/8 and 3/2 in different parts which creates frequent syncopation and cross rhythms.
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How is rhythmic displacement created?
Most parts play quaver notes so when the strummed chords in parts 5-7 are introduced and the live guitar they have longer note values which creates the displacement.
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How would you describe the mood and why?
Example: Energetic and bright because of the fast tempo and changing metre.
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When was Electric Counterpoint written?
1987
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What keys are explored in this piece?

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Give the chord progressions used in the piece.

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