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Steve Reich Keys, a Mixtape, Vol. 1

Steve Reich Keys, a Mixtape, Vol. 1

Playing tracks by

So Percussion, Steve Reich and Musicians, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Grant Gershon, The Steve Reich Ensemble, Paul Hillier, The London Symphony Orchestra, Michael Tilson Thomas and more.

Steve Reich has often described the role of keys and chord cycles in his compositions. This retrospective treats Reich’s oeuvre as a meta-cycle of chords, by pitch matching one track to another where their endpoints share a common harmony (an application of the DJ technique of harmonic mixing).

Sometimes the shared harmony is present only for a few seconds, long enough to make a link. Sometimes the keys match; sometimes only a subset of pitches does.

No software alteration of the pitch of the original tracks was used. The pitch matching relates to the key signatures as written, performed and recorded.

Tracklist and analysis:

As it is intended for the study and analysis of the music of Steve Reich, this post falls under fair use. I do not own copyright.

Compiled and mixed April 2012

Creative Consultant: Ashil Mistry