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Area of Study 2: S. Reich: 3rd movement (Fast) fro


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cells
short musical ideas
phasing
when two or more versions of a sound or musical motif are played simultaneously but slightly out of synchronisation, with the two parts gradually coming back in sync after a number repetitions
note addition
a method of developing cells in minimalist music by gradually adding notes to the original cell
note subtraction
as for note addition, but taking notes away
loop
a section of a piece of music which is edited to that it can be repeated seamlessly by electronic means
modal
referring to modes - the precursors of modern scales
resultant melody
a new melody produced when a variety of parts each play their melodies at the same time
tonal ambiguity
when the key of a piece is uncertain