The sky's the limit: Composition with massive replication and time-shifting

Christopher B COLEMAN*

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Abstract

Experimentation with tape loops in the 1960's led Steve Reich to develop phase or process music, characterized by immediate and constant repetition of small phrases of recorded speech that are repeatedly replicated and gradually move out of phase with one another. Reich's aesthetic was a practical one, as his control of the phase process was only to decide how many loops to use, when they would enter, and how long the piece as a whole would last. The technology of the time prevented him from being able to control the exact timing of those phase relationships; in his later music for acoustic instruments he varies the phase relationships at much longer time intervals-at regular subdivisions of the prevailing beat. This article describes the development of a compositional method utilizing readily available technology to vastly expand the number of replicated parts and to control the time element of the phase relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICMC 2016 - 42nd International Computer Music Conference, Proceedings
EditorsHans Timmermans
PublisherHKU University of the Arts Utrecht, HKU Music and Technology
Pages505-509
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)0984527451, 9780984527458
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event42nd International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2016 - Utrecht, Netherlands
Duration: 12 Sep 201616 Sep 2016

Publication series

NameICMC 2016 - 42nd International Computer Music Conference, Proceedings

Conference

Conference42nd International Computer Music Conference, ICMC 2016
Country/TerritoryNetherlands
CityUtrecht
Period12/09/1616/09/16

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Music
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Media Technology

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