Posted in To Do | music on November 5, 2009

by Andrew Frisicano

GVSU New Music Ensemble...
GVSU New Music Ensemble

In 2007, Michigan's Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble recorded a stellar version of Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, which they performed that year at the Bang on a Can Marathon (which ran 27 hours). Members of the group traveled to NYC to join in the Kronos Quartet-led performance of Terry Riley's In C last April at Carnegie Hall. Now, GVSU New Music Ensemble has put together their own recording of the classic composition, and they've invited 16 musicians and composers to remix the piece for a 2-CD set, In C Remixed, that comes out November 17th on Innova (the digital version came out Oct. 27th).

The remixers, who include Glenn Kotche, Nico Muhly, BoaC cofounder David Lang, and DJ Spooky (whose BAM Next Wave show happens the first week in December), all have a lot to say about In C and have come up with some diverse, left-field takes on the piece. They run the gamut from the straightforward electronic-music path to glitch-pop and twisted orchestral turns.

The GVSU New Music Ensemble will be in NYC to perform the piece live at (Le) Poisson Rouge on Sunday, November 8th. Joining them will be two album contributors, Dennis DeSantis and R. Luke DuBois, who'll do a remix of the performance live (and add video). Also on the bill are Slow Boys (fellow In C remixers Michael Lowenstern on bass clarinet and Todd Reynolds on violin). Tickets are on sale.

A video preview of the album and its full tracklist with contibutors are below...

Terry Riley • In C Remixed • CD Trailer

'In C Remixed' Tracklist

Disc One
1. In C - Semi-Detached Jack Dangers
2. Terrycloth Troposphere Masonic (Mason Bates)
3. Smooth Glenn Kotche
4. In C - Bints Mix Michael Lowenstern
5. Zinc Zoë Keating
6. Counting In C Jad Abumrad
7. In C with Canons & Bass Nico Muhly
8. In Sea of C DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid
9. In Cognito Phil Kline
10. In C (Dennis DeSantis Remix) Dennis DeSantis
11. Zachary's Dream Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR)

Disc Two
1. In C - Extension Jack Dangers
2. Xenoglossia Mikael Karlsson & Rob Stephenson
3. In C - Foster Grant Mix Michael Lowenstern
4. Is In C In F? R. Luke DuBois
5. In C (Todd Reynolds Remix) Todd Reynolds
6. In C Remix Kleerup
7. simple mix David Lang
8. In C (original by Terry Riley, performed by GVSU New Music Ensemble)

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Comments (4)

Why do new music people still love DJ Spooky so much? Dude is mad dated and totally uninteresting to begin with.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2009 11:20 AM

Amen to the comment above.

Posted by Anonymous | November 5, 2009 12:25 PM

To put it simply, they don't really know any better. He's placed himself as the go-to-guy for anything involving the avant-garde and hip hop/electronica. Also, he really knows how to sell himself to academia. He's a very good speaker and can bullshit very well.

Posted by Mafoo | November 5, 2009 10:51 PM

*some* new music people don't know any better. quite a few consider him a fraud.

Posted by Anonymous | November 6, 2009 6:06 PM

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