Cooper Crain, Daniel Quinlivan, and friends | Constellation | Experimental | Chicago Reader
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Cooper Crain, Daniel Quinlivan, and friends Recommended Soundboard

When: Sun., Aug. 11, 8:30 p.m. 2013
Price: $5
When Terry Riley composed In C 49 years ago, he envisioned it as pushing back against the abstraction of serialism. While it’s fair to say that the piece reasserted the primacy of rhythm and tonal beauty in classical music, its simplicity and democratized process—the musicians decide how long each of its 53 repetitive phrases will last—have helped it find purchase far beyond the classical realm. It’s been recorded by digital combos such as the Salt Lake Electric Ensemble as well as by psychedelic rockers Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O., and tonight it will be performed by a 15-strong electronic orchestra led by members of Chicago’s Bitchin Bajas. Given the strength of the layered, looping pieces on their recent LP, Bitchitronics (Drag City), I can’t think of anyone in town better suited to pull off In C. Crain and company will also perform Steve Reich’s Pendulum Music, in which musicians swing microphones over speakers to obtain pulses of feedback. —Bill Meyer



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