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It’s Gonna Rain


After a rare sunny winter day in London, I found myself listening to both parts of ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ by Steve Reich yesterday evening. This recording is vital for a number of reasons; firstly it contains an incredible sample of an African American Pentecostal preacher, Brother Walter, hailing the end of the world in San Francisco’s Union Square in 1964, secondly it’s one of the first examples of phasing and is a landmark in Minimal, Looping  and Process based music. These pieces were Reich’s first major works. They were created in 1965 using two Wollensak tape recorders.

As predicted by Brother Walter, the skies opened this morning and two of our gutters are leaking everywhere.

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It’s Gonna Rain (Part One) – Steve Reich

It’s Gonna rain (Part Two) – Steve Reich