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Edo de Waart & San Francisco Symphony  Two Fanfares for Orchestra: II. Short Ride in a Fast Machine   buy on itunes
Laurie Anderson  Born, Never Asked   buy on itunes
Four Tet  Circling   buy on itunes
DJ Spooky  Machinic Phylum   buy on itunes
Andy Summers & Robert Fripp  China-Yellow Leader   buy on itunes
Alex Sopp, Seth Baer, Michael Clayville, Nico Sirota, Nadia Sirota, Logan Coale, Young People's Chorus of New York, Francisco Nuñez, Valgier Sigurosson & Ben Frost  I Drink The Air Before Me: Fire Down Below   buy on itunes
Nobukazu Takemura  Assembler Mix (after G.F. Handel's Messiah)   buy on itunes
Clogs  I Used to Do   buy on itunes
Paul Dresher  Night Songs / Channels Passing   buy on itunes
The Sea and Cake  The Moonlight Butterfly   buy on itunes
Kronos Quartet & Ron Carter  Off Minor / Epistrophy   buy on itunes
Alarm Will Sound  "Agnus Dei II" from Missa L'homme Armé Super Voces Musicales   buy on itunes
David Byrne  Cloud Chamber   buy on itunes
Mikel Rouse  Prelude: We Deliver   buy on itunes
Maya Beiser  Memories   buy on itunes
Scott Johnson  But, Uh   buy on itunes
Robert Black & Gamelan Galak Tika  Amok!: III.   buy on itunes
Kronos Quartet  White Man Sleeps I   buy on itunes
The Junkman (Donald Knaack)  Mishmash Music   buy on itunes
Volker Hemken  The Low Quartet   buy on itunes
Brad Lubman & Ensemble Resonanz  Cruel Sister: Part II   buy on itunes
David Van Tieghem  Smack Dab   buy on itunes
Double Edge, Nurit Tilles & Edmund Niemann  Phantom Waltz   buy on itunes
Sufjan Stevens  Out of Egypt, Into the Great Laugh of Mankind, and I Shake the Dirt from My Sandals As I Run   buy on itunes
Brian Eno  French Catalogues   buy on itunes


For a man widely considered a godfather of minimalism, Steve Reich has had a reach that's anything but minimal. Armed with nothing more than a double-tracked violin, his fellow Mills College alumnus Laurie Anderson wraps the icy heart of "Born, Never Asked" in a cloak of warmth and emotion, detaching it from detachment, despite its flirtation with darkness. Brian Eno sets Pachelbel's "Canon in D" on the sampling block, employing Reichian tape manipulation to layer, cut, paste, reshape, and rearrange one of the Baroque era's most celebrated compositions into his neo-ambient "French Catalogues." And The Sea and Cake conjure up a bright and bubbly synth-slathered sound — technically speaking, a kaleidoscope of contrapuntal ostinati — in the title track to their album The Moonlight Butterfly. From David Byrne to DJ Spooky to Sufjan Stevens, it seems like some of our favorite artists — and by no means all of them from the classical world — have plugged into Reich's melding of melody and minimalism.
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