In the lead up to the launch of Steve Reich’s Clapping Music app, we’d like to tell you a story about the journey that got us here.
We’ve been releasing ten blogs by project manager Barbara Palczynski, charting the ten months it’s taken to turn ideas into reality.
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Meeting Steve Reich – May 2015
After years of planning and months of hard work, the time had finally come to take the prototype of the app for sign off from the composer himself. We are proud of what we have built, but will he like it? Throughout the entire process we have been driven by the desire to create something that has value and meaning in a style that would be true to the music and most importantly, loyal to Steve Reich and minimalism. Every decision from font to colour, game design, filming style and brand has been made with this in mind.
And so Andrew Burke and James Joslin from the London Sinfonietta find themselves in a hotel lobby early on Bank Holiday Monday, armed with a film crew, the app on an iPad and presentations on a Macbook about our research project. The London Sinfonietta has a long-standing relationship with Steve Reich, having performed and commissioned his works over many years. Two hours fly by, and not only does he like the concept of the app, but he makes constructive suggestions on how it could work. And there is that growing sense in the conversation that this app could be just the start in reaching many more people with his energising and powerful music. We capture Steve on film talking about Clapping Music, Electric Counterpoint and much more. You will be able to watch all this wonderful footage on the app or on microsite once it’s launched.
Now, the final furlong – of getting the app finished and all the research elements in place to see what impact the project has on people who use it.