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Riley: In C Remixed / Dangers, Bates, Kotche, et al

> In C - Extension (Jack Dangers Remix) - In C - Extension (Jack Dangers Remix)
> Xenoglossia (Mikael Karlsson and Rob Stephenson Remix) - Xenoglossia (Mikael Karlsson and Rob Stephenson Remix)
> Foster Grant Mix (Michael Lowenstern Remix) - Foster Grant Mix (Michael Lowenstern Remix)
> Is in C in F? (after T. Riley's In C) (R. Luke Dubois Remix) - Is in C in F? (after T. Riley's In C) (R. Luke Dubois Remix)
> In C (Todd Reynolds Remix) - In C (Todd Reynolds Remix)
> In C (Kleerup Remix) - In C (Kleerup Remix)
> Simple Mix (after T. Riley's In C) (David Lang Remix) - Simple Mix (after T. Riley's In C) (David Lang Remix)
> In C (version for chamber ensemble) - In C
> In Cognito (Phil Kline Remix) - In Cognito (Phil Kline Remix)
> In C (Dennis DeSantis Remix) - In C (Dennis DeSantis Remix)
> Zachary's Dream (Daniel Bernard Roumain, DBR Remix) - Zachary's Dream (Daniel Bernard Roumain, DBR Remix)

Album Summary

>Dangers, Jack : In C - Semi-Detached, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Bates, Mason : Terrycloth Troposphere, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Kotche, Glenn : Smooth, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Lowenstern, Michael : Bints Mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Keating, Zoe : Zinc, for cello & ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Abumrad, Jad : Counting in C, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Muhly, Nico : In C with Canons & Bass, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Subliminal, DJ Spooky That : In Sea of C, for bass & ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Kline, Phil : In Cognito, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Desantis, Dennis : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Roumain, Daniel Bernard : Zachary's Dream, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Dangers, Jack : In C - Extension, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Karlsson, Erik Mikael : Xenoglossia, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Lowenstern, Michael : Foster Grant Mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Dubois, Luke : Is In C in F?, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Reynolds, Todd : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Kleerup : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Lang, David : simple mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
>Riley, Terry [Composer] : In C, for unspecified performers
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

In C Remixed is the latest project from the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble, the corn-fed young group from western Michigan that brought you Innova's 2007 best-seller, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians. That release vaulted to #1 on the iTunes and Amazon classical charts and spent eleven weeks on the Billboard charts. WNYC's John Schaefer called it "the story of the year in classical music." Following in its own footsteps, the group has taken on another Minimalist icon: Terry Riley's In C from 1964, a work known as the Rosetta Stone of the style that opened up a new world where classical and rock music could finally meet. Insistent, propulsive, and vastly appealing, In C is based on a series of 53 interlocking phrases, repeated any number of times, that merge to form a kaleidoscopic, ever-changing tapestry of sound.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: River City Studios, Grand Rapids, MI.



Reviews

Minimalist Classic Revisited
I generally avoid remix projects, which tend to be reductive, ego-driven exercises that fail to respect and/or illuminate the spirit of the original pieces. A happy exception is “In C Remixed,” which has been perpetrated by the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble in a spirit of true creative exploration. This talented aggregation of young musicians has teamed with several contemporary composers, DJs, and electronica innovators to play with, deconstruct and subvert Riley’s 1964 masterpiece in all manner of bewitching ways. The composer himself is on record as being amazed at some of the alternate versions conjured on this two-disc collection. While retaining much of the trancelike intensity of Riley’s epochal work, the remixers explore a variety of moods as they steer the piece into the realms of ambient, rock, electronics, breakbeat, even funk. And while “In C” is typically played on keyboard instruments, it is brought to life here through a broad instrumental palette, including piano, xylophone, guitar, saxophone, trumpet, flute, cello, violin, bassoon and accordion. The very structure of the work, with its repeated intermeshing phrases and steady pulse, has always been open to fresh interpretations; the GVSU ensemble has simply taken this dynamic to another level. The arrangements are all (with one exception) successfully realized. On first listen, I was most intrigued by Mikael Karlsson and Rob Stephenson, who break “In C” down into icy abstract sound snippets while somehow maintaining a sparsely melodic cohesion; David Lang, whose take is full of brooding drama; and Michael Lowenstern, who adds a surprising Middle-Eastern-flavored funk to the mix. But these are just several of the many interpretive jewels in this collection, one that invites and demands repeated visitations.
Submitted on 12/09/09 by Dean Brierly 
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Works Details

>Dangers, Jack : In C - Semi-Detached, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bates, Mason : Terrycloth Troposphere, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kotche, Glenn : Smooth, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Performer: Glenn Kotche (Percussion)
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.

>Lowenstern, Michael : Bints Mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Keating, Zoe : Zinc, for cello & ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Performer: Zoe Keating (Cello)
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.

>Abumrad, Jad : Counting in C, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 8 sec.

>Muhly, Nico : In C with Canons & Bass, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Subliminal, DJ Spooky That : In Sea of C, for bass & ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.

>Kline, Phil : In Cognito, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Desantis, Dennis : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Roumain, Daniel Bernard : Zachary's Dream, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Performer: Daniel Roumain (Violin)
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dangers, Jack : In C - Extension, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Karlsson, Erik Mikael : Xenoglossia, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Rob Stephenson.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lowenstern, Michael : Foster Grant Mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Dubois, Luke : Is In C in F?, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Reynolds, Todd : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 7 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Kleerup : In C Remix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lang, David : simple mix, for ensemble (after Terry Riley's "In C")
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 9 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Riley, Terry [Composer] : In C, for unspecified performers
  • Ensemble: Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble
  • Running Time: 20 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1964