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  • Steve Reich Wins 2013 BBVA Foundation Award

    Composer Steve Reich is the winner of the 2013 BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Contemporary Music category. The jury citation describes how the American composer has developed "a new concept of music, based on the use of realist elements from the realm of daily life and others drawn from the traditional music of Africa and Asia." The jury notes: "Steve Reich has carved out new paths, fostering a dialogue between popular and high culture and between western modernity and non-European traditions, and achieving a rich combination of complexity and transparency.” 

  • Barbican to Present "Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records" Marathon Weekend, May 17 & 18, 2014

    The Barbican's 2014 marathon weekend, May 17 and 18, will celebrate Nonesuch Records in the label's 50th anniversary year. Entitled Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records, this curated weekend of events includes five concerts taking place in LSO St Luke's, Guildhall School's new Milton Court Concert Hall, and the Barbican Hall, with performances from Jonny Greenwood, Kronos Quartet, Brad Mehldau, Timo Andres, Sam Amidon, Natalie Merchant, Rhiannon Giddens, Olivia Chaney, and others performing works by Greenwood, Mehldau, Andres, Steve Reich, John Adams, Philip Glass, Frederic Rzewski, Henryk Górecki, Donnacha Dennehy, and more. Satellite events will include Kronos at 40 (May 13) and Jeremy Denk (May 24) with further events to be announced.

About this Album

"Few living composers have created a style so fiercely original, immediately recognizable and wholly accessible ... it would be hard to think of any American music more important than this." —New York Times

"From the phase-shifting tape loop pieces of the early to mid-60s, to the later, more 'composed' works with their gradually developing cellular rhythmic and melodic structures, an approach which reached its apogee in the late 70s, Reich's music can be heard echoing across the Electronica spectrum, from the most hardcore German Techno to Aphex Twin, D*Note, Alec Empire, Tortoise, Panasonic...” —The Wire

It was 1991 when the Orb's "Fluffy Little Clouds" gave a major pop nod to Steve Reich, whose composition "Electric Counterpoint" served as the foundation for the band's breakthrough hit. Yet the Orb is not alone in their admiration of Steve Reich. Reich's entire output -- from early tape collages and pioneering work with phasing techniques to his later, larger and more intricate works, including collaborations with visual artists -- has served as both template and inspiration for a growing legion of electronic musicians and DJs. The ideas and strategies that Steve Reich has been mining for the past three decades have predated not only the sensibilities of today's youth culture, but also the technological developments that have shaped them.

It is the prevailing relevance of Reich's music to the post-modern chill-out rooms and concert halls alike that now lead us to Reich Remixed, a collection of Steve Reich material remixed by some of today's most important DJs and remixers. In addition to paying homage to Reich's work, Reich Remixed breaks down previously exclusive boundaries between classical and club music to create a new sound for audiences of today and tomorrow.


Steve Reich and Musicians (1)
Bang on a Can (2), Bradley Lubman, conductor
London Symphony Orchestra (3), Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger, Garry Kvistad, James Preiss, percussion
Edmund Niemann, Nurit Tilles, pianos
Neil Percy, Simon Carrington, Ray Northcott, Frank Ricotti, Clive Malabar, percussion
Steve Reich and Musicians
Members of the Manhattan Marimba Quartet
Bob Becker, Kory Grossman, Russell Hartenberger, James Preiss, Bill Ruyle, William Trigg, marimbas
Pat Metheny, guitar
Theatre of Voices: Andrea Fullington, Sonja Rasmussen, Alison Zelles, sopranos; Alan Bennett, Paul Elliott, tenors; Bob Becker, Russell Hartenberger, vibraphone; Nurit Tilles, Edmund Niemann, electric organs; Paul Hiller, conductor

Track 1: Remix and additional production by Coldcut
Recorded August 1998 at Woodbine Studios, Learnington Spa, England
Engineered by Coldcut and Paul Brook
Programming by Paul Book
Track 2: Produced, recorded, engineered, and mixed April 1998 by Howie B at Milo Studios, London, England
Assistant: Greg Fleming
Tuning by Jeremy Shaw
Programming by Jon Rockstar and Howie B
Track 3: Remix and additional production by Andrea Parker
Recorded March 1998 in Bavaria
Engineer: David Morley
Track 4: Remix and additional production by Michael Kandel
Recorded August 1998 in Heaven
Track 5: Remix and additional production by Mantronik for OMW
Recorded June 1998 at The Robot Crib, New York City
Engineer: Andy Heermans
Track 6: Remix and additional production by Nobukazu Takemura
Recorded July 1998 at Moonlit Studio, Kyoto, Japan
Track 7: Remix and additional production by Matt Winn
Recorded June 1998 at Metropolis Studio, London, England
Engineer: Dave Pemberton
Track 8: Remix and additional production by DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid
Engineered April 1998 by Chris Flam at Mindswerve, New York City
Track 9: Remix and additional production by Ken Ishii
Recorded June 1998 at Far East Lab, Tokyo, Japan

Tracks 1-3 and parts of 4 produced by Judith Sherman
Engineer: John Kilgore
Track 5-9 and parts of 4 produced by Judith Sherman and Steve Reich
Engineer: John Kilgore
Part of track 4 produced by Steve Reich

Design by John Gall
Cover photograph courtesy of The Special Photographer’s Company

Executive Producer of original material: Robert Hurwitz
Executive Producer of remix album: Amy Coffey

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