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Its very inspiring to see two musicians, who exist in two different realms of music, come together and inspire each other. Steve Reich, the minimalist composer of Music for 18 Musicians (along many other fabulous compositions), announced early last year that he was going to premiere a piece of music titled “Radio Rewrite”.
According to Pitchfork, it was inspired by two Radiohead songs (“Everything In its Right Place” and “Jigsaw Falling Into Place”) and uses the flute, clarinet, two vibraphones, two pianos, a string quartet, and an electric bass. They go on to mention that this piece was inspired by Reich meeting Radiohead multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood and watching Greenwood perform a cover of Reich’s “Electric Counterpoint”.
“Radio Rewrite” isn’t a cover, but more of a reimagining of the two songs in a larger context. Consequence of Sound reports that Reich mentioned to BBC Radio that his song used “little bits of melody from ‘Everything In its Right Place’”, but more so focuses on the “harmonic progression of ‘Jigsaw Falling Into Place’”. Reich went on to say that, “…sometimes you’ll hear Radiohead and sometimes you won’t”.
The forty minute long piece was recently performed a few days ago at the Royal Festival Hall in London and can be listened to on BBC Radio 3’s program “Live in Concert” along with another Reich composition, “Double Sextet”. “Radio Rewrite” was performed by The London Sinfonietta (a group that focuses on contemporary classic music) and was conducted by Brad Lubman, a faculty member at the Eastman School of Music and the Bang on a Can Summer Institute.