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CBC’s Q: Composer Steve Reich guides you through his most momentous works

In 1964, Steve Reich recorded a street preacher’s speech, took a razor to the tape, looped samples on two machines — and changed music forever.

The classical composer describes himself as a “faithful scribe” who finds the musicality in other people’s words. Today he joins Shad to discuss his decades-long career and music’s capacity to document history. Reich’s style of looping audio samples laid the groundwork for hip-hop, dub and electronic music.

Watch the full video of the interview and listen to the podcast here.

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