In 1999 i had the pleasure of meeting Steve Reich @ Irving Plaza in NYC. My then, record producer flew me to see an important event “Reich Remixed” featuring dozens of then name artists in electronica such as ColdCut. I loved the generosity and friendship that grew for several years between Dave and I and when he said, “Hey, you want to meet him?” I could not pass up the opportunity to say hello to a person i consider one of the single most important figures in American Classical music.
Then after the expected quick hello and handshake i was ushered back out to the floor so an interview could take place and about 40 minutes later Bang On a Can took the stage. I had seen Bang on A Can perform Brian Eno’s Music for Airports about a year and 1/2 previously in the World Trade Center Mall. As I recall now, there were posters for “Ambient Activism” that read “Lie Down and Be Counted” and we all started to lie on the floor of the mall and the security guards freaked out on us. Bang on a Can played Music For Airports and Terry Riley’s , “In C” that night. So i was very excited when i heard that Bang On A Can was performing Reich’s Four Organs a mystical organ piece that with Riley’s Persian Surgery Dervishes, LaMonte Young’s “Well Tuned Piano” and Phillip Glass’s Music With Changing Parts formed what i call the pedagogy of New Keyboard music.
So this patch that i will release today has a long history and is a joy to offer.
It has three MIDI controlled Organ sounds that the user can record sequences into to form “loops” The user can set the size of the chord [1-5notes] the Key and the mode and record it in differing sections of length. The Fourth organ is for improvisation over the top.
I just wanted to preamble it a little bit before it drops today