October 04, 2010

A Rainbow In Curved Air - Terry Riley

A nod to the master. Whatever the preferred label - minimal, pattern, phase - Riley gets there first in 1963 in its purest form In C. Then A Rainbow in Curved Air, 1967, showcases both the "straightforward" pattern technique and improvisation within the patterns, making for gorgeous timbre changes on the synthesizers and organs; presenting a series of contrasting sections that have become the trademark structure in his work.

In time the whole world (and Pete Townshend, rock boys and girls - check electronic diddling on Baba O'Riley and Won't Get Fooled Again ) would listen.

Oddi wrth y brawd
repetiton repetition repetition

1 comment:

the saucer people said...

I had always thought A Rainbow In Curved Air came out 1969/70...are you saying it was recorded between 63-67? It makes it's originality even more mindblowing....

Did someone mention The Who?....The synth intro on Baba O'Riley is far more interesting than most of The Who's entire body of work...Pictures Of Lilly, I Can See For Miles, Bus Stop and Eminence Front aside.....