Steve Reich’s Clapping Music

more beautiful than you can imagine

London Sinfonietta / Touch Press

59 Productions directed the video for the performances in a new app from the London Sinfonietta and Touchpress. The performances of Clapping Music and Electric Counterpoint by Steve Reich were filmed in a multicamera shoot in March 2015, together with interviews with performers David Hockings, Toby Kearney and Mats Bergström  which are included in the app and available online.

Steve Reich’s Clapping Music is a free game that improves your rhythm by challenging you to play Steve Reich’s ground-breaking work – a piece of music performed entirely by clapping. Tap in time with the constantly shifting pattern, and progress through all of the variations. If you slip up or your accuracy falls too low, it’s game over.

The app is part of a research project led by Queen Mary University of London. The aim of the project is to explore if gaming experiences can help people learn musical skills, and if this leads to a deeper engagement with the arts.

You can find out more about the Clapping Music app here.


Produced in Partnership

London Sinfonietta
Queen Mary University of London

Performances Filmed

59 Productions

Sound Engineering

Floating Earth



Richard Slaney

Director of Photography

Vanessa Whyte


Louis Carraz
Nick Corrigan


Theo Milford

Senior Assistant Designer / DIT

Akhila Krishnan

Production Manager

James Roxburgh

Edit Assistant

Betsy Dadd

Design Intern

Georgia Clegg