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Reich Remixed

Reich Remixed Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 2, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000I5LV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Music For 18 Musicians (Coldcut Remix) - Steve Reich
2. Eight Lines (Howie B Remix) - Bang On A Can/Bradley Lubman
3. The Four Sections (Andrea Parker Remix) - London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas
4. Megamix (Tranquility Bass Remix) - Steve Reich/London Symphony Orchestra/Michael Tilson Thomas/Theatre Of Voices...
5. Drumming (Mantronik Maximum Drum Formula) - Steve Reich
6. Proverb (Nobukazu Takemura Remix) - Theatre Of Voices
7. Piano Phase (D*Note's Phased & Konfused Mix) - Double Edge
8. City Life (DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid Open Circuit) - The Steve Reich Ensemble/Bradley Lubman
9. Come Out (Ken Ishii Remix) - Steve Reich
10. Bonus Track 1 - Various Artists

Editorial Reviews

The beauty of Steve Reich's minimalist compositions can be found not in their repetition but in their evolution. Listening to the Kronos Quartet perform Different Trains, the listener quickly gets over the camp value of the conductor samples to discover an unfolding theme that harks back not only to bustling industrialism but also to the horror of the Nazi concentration-camp trains. Reich is a master of such subtle changes in sonics, and his impeccable timing turns simple phrases into musical tapestries. On Reich Remixed, some of dance music's more innovative artists pay homage to the composer in the way they know best: by sampling his works and remixing them into their own. Coldcut's take on Music for 18 Musicians adds a fast-paced techno flair to the classic composition, Howie B's Eight Lines respectfully keeps the integrity of the original piece, and Tranquility Bass peppers "Megamix" with voices and (eventually) beats. There are some misses here, and, most unfortunate, DJ Spooky's schizophrenic treatment of City Life lobotomizes a previously fine composition. No, you still can't dance to Reich, but you can see how others use him for source material. But after hearing these condensed and diced versions, you might find it's worth delving back into Reich's originals to hear what the fuss is all about. --Jason Verlinde


This anthology, on which techno DJs overhaul Reich's recordings, makes clear their debt yet is a remixed blessing. -- Entertainment Weekly

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good techno, mediocre as a "tribute" September 20, 1999
Format:Audio CD
A few of the remixers do a decent job of understanding Reich's music and translating it to a technobeat, but none of them really "get it" I think. Nobody works with rhythms that gradually go in and out of phase with each other, nobody works with songs that very gradually evolve and change...
If you like both Reich and techno, you'll probably enjoy trying to identify the sources of the sounds, and there are sometimes some surprising and pleasing results from juxtaposition of Reich recordings. If you like techno, it's a good techno cd, but you won't really learn anything about Reich. If you're expecting something where the remixers are reaching artistically, trying to elaborate upon and learn from Reich's compositions, I think you'll be disappointed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Children of Reich Create Loving Homage April 15, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The entrancing hobby of looping gave birth to essencially all forms of techno in existence today, and all followers should be thankful Steve Reich's cassette tapes messed up one day to create a looping effect. He soon became obsessed with overlapping sounds and varying tempos, a basic foundation for modern day electronic music. Such is the reason why a wide variety of artists came together to create a tribute album to this obscure classical composer, and the end result is a diamond in the rough.

If "Reich Remixed" has any style permeating through the whole album, it is the esoteric sounds of trance. Each track brings in a sentimental mourning, but also sings out hosannas of joy, hailing the appreciation of the father of techno. Tranquility Bass's "Megamix", succeeding fully in painting a mural of Reich's repertoire, Coldcut's loving recreation of "Music for 18 Musicians", and Howie B's "Eight Lines" tribute will draw you in with their joyful melodies. Yet darkness lies ahead as well. Andrea Parker brings in a creepy Trip-Hop version of "The Four Sections", perfect for committing a bank robbery if you get off on that. The bonus track from freQ Nasty & B.L.I.M. has the rough sound of Drum n' Bass without corrupting the original message, although it sounds a bit out of place on this album. The masterpiece is Nobukazu Takemura's "Proverb", which stacks the voices in one loop, which will make one double check the CD for scratches. It not only holds true to what Reich was attempting, but re-interprets.

To those who were already die-hard Reich fans, a word of caution. This CD will sound repititive, perhaps even like cheap rip-offs of the original tracks, as they cannot possibly recreate the massive pieces Reich composed in six or seven minutes of CD time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Proxy for a Reich's Greatest Hits CD? June 15, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Of all modern classical composers, Steve Reich is the one whose music is most likely to attract the rock-oriented ear. 'Music for 18 Musicians' was a ground-breaking album which closed out the 1970s, and it took much of the audience that had been nurtured on Tangerine Dream's 'Ricochet' and, before that, Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells'. It was only to be expected that other artists would start sampling Reich's works.
I can't get enough of 'Music for 18 Musicians' -- I bought it on LP in 1979, and two versions on CD. It is my No. 1 self-hypnosis album. So I was intrigued to discover how it would be re-worked for this album. I was disappointed, frankly. The Coldcut Remix provides no evidence that the DJ has listened beyond the first five minutes of the original.
But there's no heresy in modifying Reich's music. I welcome every effort to do so. I knew about half of the pieces selected here, so, for me, it's partly a Reich sampler. The great thing about the album is that not only did it get me buying more of Reich's output, but it also got me listening more to the originals.
For me, the stand-out track here is 'Piano Phase', which applies prog-rock values to a piece I didn't know at all well. It could so easily be Rick Wakeman or Keith Emerson playing the synth lines over the piano loop!
The opening track has grown on me over the years. At first listen, the Megamix seemed to have too many different samples crowded in; it seemed too ambitious in searching for common musical themes between no fewer than nine of Reich's albums. But now it flows nicely.
The closing track, supposedly based on the Desert Music, is a straightforward techno track, almost Prodigy-like, whose relationship to Reich's music seems entirely tangential.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars boring,as expected January 11, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Choosing electronic/(post-)techno artists less dancefloor-oriented but more original(e.g Monolake,Ryoji Ikeda,Oval....)would surely have given better results. Although Reich's music is inherently rhythm-based, its dynamic textures are too complex and subtle for a simple drumloop to add anything new and interesting (the definition of a remix!).Stay with the originals......
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for Techno, but Needs a Part II December 5, 2009
Format:Audio CD
If you're into electronica, and have some knowledge, or interest in Steve Reich, I think you'll probably find this album interesting and give you an idea what Reich is like. It takes samples, or segments of Reich pieces, and puts them mostly to techno beats. But as another reviewer said, this album doesn't really capture a lot of the essence of Reich's music, as the music is almost all pure techno or IDM, and eschews phase, counterpoint, or the evolving, multi-chord style that marks the crux of Reich's contribution to music history.

What would be nice to see is a Part II, or a sequel to this of sorts, that isn't quite as much pop based, but one a little truer to Reich's style while not being afraid of synthesizers, samplers, drum machines etc. Perhaps similar to Tangerine Dream's "The Dream is Always the Same", or Peter Gabriel's "No Self Control", or some or Robert Fripp's "Frippertronics" - all music inspired by Reich from over 20 years ago now. I'd venture to think some techno/trance musicians such as FSL, Robert Henke (Monolake), even someone like Midnight Syndicate could make great remixes from Reich cues.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Love Reich, but not this approach
I really love Steve Reich, but I didn't enjoy this take on his work. Overall, it just sounded to me like there was something wrong with my CD player, like it was skipping at times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Music Maven
5.0 out of 5 stars Because Reich's Minimalism has influenced so much popular music
(N.B- review refers to expanded edition) What a pleasant surprise to discover that Nonesuch have reissued the fantastic Reich Remixed with additional mixes by the likes of Four... Read more
Published on July 11, 2008 by Piers Moktan
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but disappointing overall.
There are a few really good tracks on this CD. My personal favorites are Music for 18 Musicians, Four Sections, the Megamix, and Piano Phase. Read more
Published on January 4, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music for an electronic fan
I enjoyed every one of these pieces on their own. I am familiar with most of the electronic artists and each one of these songs is beautiful. Read more
Published on October 3, 2001 by cassdog
4.0 out of 5 stars Good techno, a few bad tracks
I never listen to the "Drumming" one, but overall, this CD is incredible. It was one of the only impulse buys in my life that I have ever been proud of. Read more
Published on December 7, 1999 by "samorama"
4.0 out of 5 stars minimalist electronica is right
I just bought this CD because I am a fan of Steve Reich/Philip Glass and a fan of electronica. What a great CD. Read more
Published on August 28, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Techno is pretty minimalist anyway.
As a long time fan of both Steve Reich and the DJ scene, I've always been waiting for this CD. If you've never heard of Steve Reich before, listen to any Stereolab CD to get an... Read more
Published on June 15, 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Ive not heard it
This is one of those CD's that I've not yet heard.I was looking for it but the record shop was sold out. It's funny that ! You never can tell when that may happen.
Published on May 13, 1999
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