Program #2179

Steve Reich's seminal tape work "It's Gonna Rain" came about largely by accident. In January 1965, Reich had happened upon a street preacher giving a sermon in San Francisco, which he proceed to record. Later, while experimenting with tape loops of the sermon, Reich discovered the process of allowing two identical loops to gradually slip out of phase with one another. This phasing technique soon became an essential element of Reich's style and set the stage for other minimalist classics; hear them on tonight's program. These include Alvin Lucier's 1969 "I Am Sitting In A Room," and John Adams's "Christian Zeal and Activity."

PROGRAM #2179, Music with Voices on Tape (First aired on July 18, 2003)





Steve Reich

Early Works

It's Gonna Rain, Part 1 [8:00]

Nonesuch #79169.** or available at

Alvin Lucier

I Am Sitting In A Room

Edited version [16:00]

Lovely Music, #1013

John Adams


Christian Zeal & Activity [10:00]

Nonesuch #79453** 10 CD set. or available at

Various artists

Reich Remixed

Ken Ishii: Come Out remix [6:00]

Nonesuch #79552
Available at

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