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|City Life - Steve Reich / Ensemble Modern|
Actor: Steve Reich
Director: Manfred Waffender
Genres: Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Born in 1936, Steve Reich is one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century. Having established a distinctive musical sound early on in his career, within what is known today as the Minimalist School of... more »
How he does it.
P. Lindquist | Fargo, ND USA | 04/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Those who know of Steve Reich and his music will find this DVD enlightening for a number of reasons: We hear him interviewed, get a sense of how he creates his art, and see him interact with other musicians. Steven Reich's music is easily accessible especially when compared with other "modern" composers (Cage, Boulez, Stockhausen, etc).
His techniques of phasing, repetition, gradual changes in chordal structure,with a steady rhymic foundation are well understood through this video. "City Life" is the composition featured here and we see how he takes samples of common street sounds and enfolds them into the music.
One unusual moment comes when he describes sampling sounds from a New York City Fire Department during the "World Trade Center Attack". When you remember that this DVD was made in 1996 you realize that this was not 9/11 but the first bombing of the WTC."