How to Play Piano Phase on an OP-1


#1

Hey all-- just wanting to drop this somewhere because it was really exciting (and simple) to figure out.


As a percussionist, Reich is an important composer to me and thought I’d have a go at figuring out the piece on some combination of devices-- (I just realized a couple Volcas might be fun–just using tempo knobs…) but I ended up just using my OP-1.

ANYWAYS

Here’s the vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yRcnRZY3Z7c

Very easy, very fun. I encourage you to try this because it’s a great piece and a wonderful introduction to the depth of minimalism. Actually this community SHOULD appreciate minimalism given how much ambient music and synth sequences involve repetition! I feel as though it’s a musical heritage we should connect with more- electronic musicians are quite experimental (just look at modular- musically and aesthetically-- also I feel Cage is important for us- just enjoying sound itself etc.) and lots of philosophy from 20th Century music can play out here.

Thanks much!

Shawn

#2

Cool! I never unlink the tape and bpm – now I have to try it, I never thought of that before. Thanks for the fresh look!


#3

Brilliant!


#4

@munchybear nice :slight_smile: if you haven’t already you should check out organelle. One of the most prolific/talented coders (shreeswifty) is deep in to this kind of stuff and creating some super complex patches that are blowing my mind standalone and when used in combo with op1.


#5

Great video :slight_smile:


#6

Good stuff. Props.


#7

Awesome!


#8

That’s super cool. Just yesterday I was on the Lines forum and came across an interesting discussion on Generative music, including a cool little slideshow where this piece is mentioned among others: https://teropa.info/loop/#/generative


Guess it’s just down to Baader-Meinhof that I’m hearing about it again here the very next day. Will be sure to experiment with this and see how many other of Cage’s pieces/rules can be translated to the OP1…

#9

Excellent! Always good to see minimalist compositions arranged for electronic instruments.


Obligatory plug for my version from a couple of years ago:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hOf6IUWjegg

I’m considering doing Music For 18 Musicians using a nanoloop ensemble, but I don’t know 18 local people with copies of nanoloop… so I guess it’ll have to be overdubs :smiley:

#10

Great video @MunchyBear!


Re Nanoloop, the great thing about it is that it’s available for smartphones. I once gave a workshop for making music with Nanoloop, directed at people who know nothing about making music. We had a Nanoloop ensemble going on really quickly, syncing them manually – which also created a lot of interesting rhythmic effects. I didn’t even have a mixer, we just used the smartphones’ built-in speakers.

Edit: Just finished listening to the @psedolux version, great job too! =)

#11
Excellent! Always good to see minimalist compositions arranged for electronic instruments.

Obligatory plug for my version from a couple of years ago:

This is a really good performance! So many interesting little nooks and crannies explored. It’s wild how much it can change, to the point where you’d swear the pattern is different.


#12

OMG I remember playing with Music Mouse back in the day. Of course there’s a browser-based version now


#13

Very, very nice. Thanks for sharing.


#14


Excellent! Always good to see minimalist compositions arranged for electronic instruments.

Obligatory plug for my version from a couple of years ago:

This is a really good performance! So many interesting little nooks and crannies explored. It’s wild how much it can change, to the point where you’d swear the pattern is different.


Great video @MunchyBear!

Re Nanoloop, the great thing about it is that it's available for smartphones. I once gave a workshop for making music with Nanoloop, directed at people who know nothing about making music. We had a Nanoloop ensemble going on really quickly, syncing them manually – which also created a lot of interesting rhythmic effects. I didn't even have a mixer, we just used the smartphones' built-in speakers.

Edit: Just finished listening to the @psedolux version, great job too! =)

thanks guys!

A nanoloop ensemble sounds like a great idea and I’d love to get one together myself. A couple of my friends did a nanoloop workshop here in Melbourne last year for the Square Sounds festival; I’m thinking of doing a followup version for advanced sound design, maybe including an ensemble performance :smiley: