Music with Voices on Tape

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 Earbox

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
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