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Red Bull Music Academy: Steve Reich lecture Q&A from students

After he'd given a lecture to the students of the Red Bull Music Academy, Steve Reich took a series of questions from the floor; here are his answers. Illustration by Gemma Milly.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Illustration by Gemma Milly
Illustration by Gemma Milly.

Steve Reich gave a very inspiring lecture to the students of the 2010 Red Bull Music Academy (which you can read here). Afterwards he took a series of questions from the floor and I've tried to transcribe the answers as best I can on this blog, viagra 100mg because they were an intriguing bunch:

How do you balance the listenability of your music with what you want to create?
When I write I'm alone in the music, and my theory is if I love it I hope you do too, but I think it's valid to question listenability if you're writing a jingle. It's not the same with a fine art composition. People are intuitively smart about music so you can't fool them - they will smell a rat [if your music doesn't come from the heart].

How easy is it to get into composition if you're not classically… read more

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