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Steve Reich’s Clapping Music

London Sinfonietta

More beautiful than you can imagine

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.

London Sinfonietta / Touch Press


Produced in Partnership
London Sinfonietta
Queen Mary University of London

Performances Filmed
59 Productions

Sound Engineering
Floating Earth

59 Team

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