in social music making on
a global scale.
Terry Riley’s hallmark piece is now playable on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Choose your own instrument and get started with players all over the world every hour on the hour.
IN C IN SHORT
In 1964, In C started as a seemingly inconspicious piece by a hardly-known composer, performed by a bunch of fellow music students and composers at the San Francisco Tape Music Center.
Within two years’ time, it had become a seminal work for the then-new minimal music, making this modular, repetitive wash of sound and colour, one of the landmark works in recent music history. Fifty years later, Terry Riley’s In C has lost nothing of its appeal and vigour, inviting new generations of musicians and listeners alike to explore its innate subtleties and liberating collective experience.
ABOUT THE IN C APP
The motivation behind building this application.
Jazzperiments is Teun de Lange’s project to create software which allows ‘real’ musical interaction between any musician and nearly every computer. The ‘source’ of the interaction can be free improvisation or well-known pieces like ‘Aria’ of John Cage, the music of Guido d’Arezzo and – now – ‘In C’ by Terry Riley.
However, ‘In C’ is unique – especially in this experimental context – because it was already interactive 50 years ago at a time when computers could only produce simple disturbing beeps. ‘In C,’ so far ahead of its time – was just waiting to be played worldwide via the internet and that is exactly the objective of the ‘In C App’ (www.incapp.net) project. Because of its already advanced interactive form, Jazzperiments and the musical experts of Champdaction – Serge Verstockt and Thomas Moore – were able to respect the precepts of ‘In C’ nearly to the letter. All the original ‘rules’ of the piece as described by Terry Riley were implemented, but also the freedom of the performers was ensured – just like in any normal live performance.
Playing In C – online or live – requires careful listening, a positive collaboration and a bit of patience to create beautiful things. It’s easy – thanks to the great composition of Terry Riley – and it’s a valuable experience for anyone, musician and layperson alike.
"Fifty years later, Terry Riley’s In C has lost nothing of its appeal and vigour."
The In C app is available on nearly all operating systems. Play from your smartphone!