06 April 2010

Terry Riley - In C

A great modern U.S. label, Ghostly is releasing The Grand Valley State New Music Ensemble's version of In C which was composed by the influential Terry Riley. You can download an excerpt of it here.

The original is a landmark piece of minimal music comprising of 53 music "cells" that last between half a beat and 32 beats. It was written to be played by any number of musicians using any instruments. This latest version - performed by its 16-strong ensemble - comes with some beautiful artwork [pictured above, first image] that I think elegantly reflects the record's fusion of classical and contemporary. However two earlier recordings also tried to distil its parts into a visual form. Those are also pictured to note the different ways that the same experimental audio has been interpreted visually.

Some of the versions are available to purchase via the following links:

Riley, T - In C
Terry Riley in C

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