Terry Riley- A Rainbow in Curved Air (1969)

Here’s some more classic electronica. Experimental minimalist composer Terry Riley uses a soprano saxophone and electric organ in ways never conceived of before the release of this album. Using a dual track analog tape machine, Riley plays with phasing, time effects and overdubbing to give the sense of fifteen different saxophonists playing in your living room to an impossibly complex score. “A Rainbow in Curved Air” is one of the first records to use tape loops – which is literally a strip of recording tape taped to itself to create a loop that runs through the machine.

Check out the B-side here.

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