Creative Strategies 3: Music for Networks and Communities, Semester 2 – ST1

Collaborative Play

Our first exercise was to create a simple performance based on rhythmic layering. Our approach was based on Terry Riley’s ‘In C,’ and Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music.’ We began with a basic rhythmic motif which we then developed by stacking variations of this motif over it. The effect is almost contrapuntal in nature, though rather than the traditional melodic counterpoint, we have employed a rhythmic counterpoint and canonic elements in which each individual part can be distinguished. The result, to my ears at least, is quite pleasant, if not a little unrefined as a consequence of being created through improvisation.

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