Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Minimalism Remixed Again

Back on Live from Miller Theatre, we would sometimes use the Reich Remixed CD as a bed for our blabbering. It's a cool disc where a bunch of DJs take the basic ideas from Steve Reich's compositions and run wild with them.

Now the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University is putting out a CD that includes a number of remix takes on Terry Riley's In C.

Among the remixers: DJ Spooky (who participated in the Reich project), Nico Muhly (perhaps the hottest young composer out there), Glenn Kotche (new music percussionist and Wilco drummer), Dennis Desantis (of Alarm Will Sound), David Lang (from Bang on a Can) and Todd Reynolds (from Ethel). What a great bunch of people! (Kotche and Reynolds both appeared on episodes of Live from Miller Theatre during my tenure.)

Alex Ross's blog pointed to this grooving -- and I mean that -- promo video:

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