Nexus and Sō Percussion celebrate the 50th anniversary of Steve Reich’s Drumming with an exploration of this seminal work, featuring contributions from across the global music community.



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Digital Phasing: Using Latency as an Agent for Metric Change

Dr Louise DevenishCommissioned as part of the Digital Phasing project by Louise Devenish, Jet Kye Chong’s Still Drumming 2020 exploits latency and geographical distance, offering a pandemic perspective on Reich’s signature techniques.

Oliver Xu

Drumming: an Algorithmic Approach

Oliver XuThis project uses an algorithmic approach to explore the concept of resultant patterns as used by Steve Reich in Drumming. It seeks to analyze what it means for a resultant pattern to be interesting and to encode these intuitive musical characteristics into a computer algorithm.


Mallet Phase Featured

Marimba Phase/Mallet Phase

Russell HartenbergerA look at the origins of Piano Phase played on two marimbas, the end of phasing as a compositional tool, some of the techniques required to play Marimba Phase, and Garry Kvistad’s adaptation of the piece for just intonation-tuned instruments.

Steve Reich Featured

Thoughts on Percussion and Rhythm

Steve ReichThe composer of Drumming discusses musical intuition, time feel, speech rhythms, electronics, the music of India, and how he uses rhythm in his compositions. He describes his early percussion training and his experience with the music of West Africa and Bali.

Steve Reich Percussive Arts Society

Steve Reich and the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame

Lauren Vogel WeissSteve Reich was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2007 joining some of the members of his ensemble and other esteemed composers of music for percussion. Lauren Vogel Weiss outlines Reich’s career in an article for Percussive Notes, the journal of the Percussive Arts Society.

Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich Featured

Performance Practice in the Music of Steve Reich

Russell HartenbergerAn overview of Russell Hartenberger’s book that provides a performer’s perspective on Steve Reich’s compositions from his iconic minimalist work, Drumming, to his masterpiece, Music for 18 Musicians. The book addresses performance issues encountered by musicians in Reich’s original ensemble and the techniques they developed to bring his compositions to life.

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