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Steve Reich: Music for 18 Musicians
London Sinfonietta

The American composer talks candidly about his early career, influences, and methodology in Music for 18 Musicians.

The London Sinfonietta captured footage containing interviews with Steve Reich about his seminal work Music for 18 Musicians during their 2009 celebrations. A year later, the footage was sitting on hard drive in their office; understandably they wanted to do something with it, although there was not a clear vision of exactly what was contained within the material, or what could be created from it.

We spent time reviewing the footage and discussing ideas about how to best present it. We edited it down to a digestible size and created a graphical framework to contextualise it, along with narrative multimedia to add to what the composer was discussing.

The result was an highly popular video that works well to give insight into Reich’s inspirations, as well as some of the inner workings of the pieces.

Read a case study about the project here