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Boomkat Product Review:
How is it possible to write a ‘review’ of this record? It seems futile as Reich’s influence, especially from this record, sent shockwaves across the music scene and seeped into genres far and wide.
Without Reich would post rock sound the same? Would New York’s experimental rock scene have developed so fully? Would experimental music have flourished so importantly in the 80s and 90s? Reich’s influence is still felt today, with younger producers falling upon ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ and being shocked all over again; Ryan Teague, Max Richter, Colleen, Murcof, Soundhack, Cliff Martinez these artists have all been touched by Reich’s epic vision.
What is quite magnificent too is that the record hasn’t dated at all, it is truly timeless, maybe due to the fact that it was so ahead of its time on release. Maybe ‘Music for 18 Musicians’ should be better classified as out of time, because it doesn’t really feel like it should sit anywhere in particular in music history, unlike many classical pieces it is futile to place it in a period or culture.