Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians
Warner Bros., 1978
Acquired: Love Garden, Used, 2006
Ooooooo minimalism! No doubt discovered after reading that Sufjan Stevens employed minimalism a lot on Illinois. This record is quite hypnotic. Lots of repetition, which apparently minimalism is all about, I still really have no idea what it is. My favorite aspect of this record is that it sounds a little electronic, though everything is acoustic. Usually I get bored with this modern classical stuff but this is really engaging. There's a steady pulse that runs all the way through the piece. It's fine, I guess, but not something I'd put on unless I wanted to be a total dick or something. It actually soundtracked an argument Jenny and I just had, and mid-fight she told me how terrible this record was. It was getting on my nerves too. So yeah: Music for 18 Musicians = Music to make Domestic Arguments even Uglier than they have to be. But in all seriousness, this just went on the “get rid of” stack. I have no use for this and I have it on my iTunes if I ever need to listen to it. Wow, it's a bunch of pianos and marimbas, good for you! Is it hypnotic? Yes, yes it is. Do I make any sort of connection with this record? No, no I don't. Goodbye. Today begins the great purge. Ridding myself of records I have no use for, which is a lot of them! Here's to paying the rent!