One of the greatest composers of our time finds inspiration in one of the most influential rock bands of our time. Steve Reich composed Radio Rewrite for Alarm Will Sound after meeting Johnny Greenwood of Radiohead at a festival where all three were participating. The piece is a radical break from Reich’s practice at the time: for years, he had been writing pieces in which the instrumentation was doubled by a pre-recorded track. Something about Greenwood and Radiohead’s music pushed Reich on a new path in Radio Rewrite.
Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite
Steve Reich, Radio Rewrite Artists
Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steve Reich was recently called “…the most original musical thinker of our time” (New Yorker) and “…among the great composers of the century” (New York Times) His instantly recognizable musical language combines rigorous structures with propulsive rhythms and seductive instrumental color. Many choreographers have used his scores, including Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Jiri Kylian and Jerome Robbins. His “documentary video opera” works The Cave and Three Tales (in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot) have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.