Saturday, February 18, 2006

Terry Riley

Since we're on a roll already, might as well go for the minimalist triumverate. Here are links for two lesser-known works by Terry Riley, most famous for In C. If you've never heard of Riley, you've probably heard his influence in The Who's keyboard work- it's not a coincidence they named that song Baba O'Riley. He also wins the award for Best Composer Facial Hair. Riley began his minimalist work back in the 50s, but also branched out into other types of music. He was among the first to experiment with tape loops, and makes use of electronics in many of his works. Riley also brought improvisation back to classical music, which was all but extinct since the baroque era. The first of these two albums, La Secret de la Vie (1975) shows many of Riley's influences, including jazz, Indian, and even some blues. And while you can see the similarities between Philip Glass and Steve Reich's albums, I am reluctant to group this album with them. Riley's instrument of choice in La Secret de la Vie is the organ, sometimes with tabla, saxophone, or synthesizer accompaniment, sometimes with tape delay. The second album, No Man's Land (1985), is much more closer to the conventional definition of minimalism. Riley likes the piano on this one, but the tablas and sitar can be heard on almost every track, along with some voice and what sounds like electronically altered instruments.

La Secret de la Vie

No Man's Land

Seth Says: Here's Terry Riely's "In C," performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars. The way this piece works is interesting: 53 simple phrases, all in the key of C, are slowly rotated in and out by the musicians at their own pace and choosing. So, In C is really little more than an outline for the music, and therefore every performance of it is different.
In C

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At February 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks, everything on this blog is worth listening! How about something by Gavin Bryars?

At February 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you


At February 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Steve Reich,Philip Glass,Terry Riley
Go on .....La Monte Young!
I know it's a difficult request.

At February 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you. I love the eclectic mix. Especially juxaposing Bach with the minimalist. I love both too. Impeccable taste, you guys. Thanks again.

At February 19, 2006, Blogger nucleau said...

thanks for the great music. I really like Terry Riley. I used to have the album Rainbow in curved air in vinyl, great album, I lost it.

At February 19, 2006, Anonymous daga said...

Thanks for the good music. I support the interest in La Monte Young. Thanks again.

At February 19, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this good site.

At February 21, 2006, Anonymous eugene said...

thanks ;)

by the way - can you be contacted in gtalk or ICQ ? shimalsky in gtalk 64387505, - here's my private CDDA collection in case u r interested

At October 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I started too late here and In C is no longer downloadable. The same goes for Glassworks. Can you please upload it again?


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