While Googling Sufjan Stevens I came across the name of Steve Reich, a minimalist composer. I clicked on a link and listened to one of his most famous pieces: Music for 18 Musicians. I was blown away. It's so obvious Reich is one of Sufjan Stevens' influences. I don't have a grasp of music terms but what I found so attractive about the piece was how repetition gradually gave birth to harmonies and melodies. It felt like I was standing in light snowfall, the snowflakes slowly building some fantastic sculpture around me.
I've been reading a lot online about his work and the way he composes. I can't wait to hear his composition titled Pendulum Music:
Three or more microphones are suspended above the speakers by means of a cable and stand. The microphones are pulled back, switched on, and swung back and forth over the speaker. As the microphone nears the speaker, a feedback tone is created. The music created is then the result of the process of the swinging microphones.
Reich is one of the fathers of process music. Music that makes the way it was composed audible. This fascinates me. I'm going to dig deeper into the work of this man. And to think I once thought Moby was brilliant for looping speech into his music. Little did I know that he was just riffing on Steve Reich's phasing compositions like Come Out and It's Gonna Rain.
Any of you out there fans of Reich or any other minimalist composer? If so, please recommend some album titles for me to pick up.