Steve Reich is an American composer that creates orchestral scores that explore the repetitions and complex possibilities of rhythm and harmony in classical music. He layers a variety of instruments and mix-tapes that often repeat phrases for long periods of time creating a constant and slow progression within his music. He studied philosophy and logic, being influenced by Ludwig Wittgenstein who's work tends to be related to the significance of thought as a measure of truth in our existence: 'The thought is the signiﬁcant proposition.' This philosophy as an undercurrent in his score could link to the use of repetition within his works. Also, his pieces of music tend to form a whole picture which has quite a meditative affect on the viewer.
'Reich rerecorded the fragment "come out to show them" on two channels, which are initially played in unison. They quickly slip out of sync; gradually the discrepancy widens and becomes a reverberation. The two voices then split into four, looped continuously, then eight, and continues splitting until the actual words are unintelligible, leaving the listener with only the speech's rhythmic and tonal patterns.'
Initially, Different Trains (1988) inspired me purely because the piece was based on trains, the kind of movement and experience that I am trying to recreate. I found it interesting how he tried to recreate the rhythm as it is on the train and amplify it through a variety of musical instruments. I also really enjoyed the combination of speech within the music - 'From New York' was repeated many times as if it was a recurring thought/memory that took part within the movement of the train. This is exactly what I want to achieve. I have also found dance collaborations and performances that have taken place to his score and how this has effected/behaved alongside movement. For example, Violin Phase (2013) a single dancer in a site specific piece starts of with a short phrase that she repeats in time with the music, many times, before her rhythm of movement slowly starts to break away and we see both the music and dance in their own rhythms.