Qualial Coalition (adaptation of Clapping Music by Steve Reich)

by Georgina Brett

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Within Clapping Music by Steve Reich, (where these rhythms come from) there is much to listen for in their interaction.

Clapping Music is made of the 1 rhythm which contains 12 beats and it's variations. This rhythm, if you only accent 1 note (the beginning) has 12 variations. I never create melodies within each rhythm, however, i improvise on the combination of timbres and starting notes of each rhythm.

In my adaptation and development of the idea I continue the thread of focus and create collages of sound. We can focus in on a multitude of separate parts of the sound. Do we listen only for the loudest part or can we strain our ears (and brains) to focus on one of the 12 rhythms present, that makes up the background?
I have always loved free rhythm, a pulse with emphasis that shifts is so liberating. We have boxed and enslaved pulse, here is some listening time, to play with how we hear emphasis.. and enjoy how it makes us feel when it's unregulated.

Always having been fascinated with phase and the shifts and uncomfortable nature of insecurity between moments of solidity in musical structures, this piece was a joy to work with.


released March 9, 2015

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Georgina Brett London, UK

Georgina's music is created using voice and pedals, creating instant choirs.

Finalist in the Nonclassical "Battle of the Bands" 2015. Competition took place on Tuesday 17th February.

She also co-runs "Tuesdays Post" Series 2, a night of live progressive ambient in London, UK
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