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Phil Collins’ famous drum fill from ‘In the Air Tonight’ gets the Steve Reich treatment
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Phil Collins

In 1967 Steve Reich produced one of the landmark experimental compositions of the 20th century, with “Piano Phase,” which incorporated the brilliant idea of playing the same short repeated melody twice at the same time, with the two versions being slightly out of phase. Over the course of approximately 15 minutes, the two melodies diverge and create unexpected cacophony before realigning again and so forth.

No matter how it’s done (it can be done many different ways, with tape loops, or multiple pianists, or even with one pianist), it’s always a stimulating experience to listen to “Piano Phase.”

If Reich’s piece was (among other things) proof of concept, then it’s up to the world at large to apply the technique to other musical artifacts. A resident of Denton, Texas, named Joseph Prein decided to see what happens when you play that game with the most famous drum fill of the 1980s, the majestic burst of “gated reverb” that punctuates Phil Collins’ 1981 track “In the Air Tonight” around the 3:19 mark. 

In Prein’s version, you get three versions of the drum fill (which of course only lasts a couple of seconds), played at regular speed and two other versions at 99.9% and 100.1% of the correct speed. The track lasts 70 minutes.

Enjoy the mind-obliterating fun of this mental mantra after the jump…

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Joan of Arc video recreates Phil Collins’ ‘In The Air Tonight’ clip with stop motion animation
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Here’s Chicago’s Joan of Arc with a Dangerous Minds exclusive premiere of their new music video for “Never Wintersbone You” from their latest—and first album in five years—He’s Got The Whole This Land Is Your Land In His Hands out now on Joyful Noise Recordings. Directed by band members Melina Ausikaitis and Todd Mattei, and featuring a puppet and set design by Melina, “Never Wintersbone You” plays off of the infamous myth surrounding Phil Collin’s 1981 hit song, “In the Air Tonight,” from his debut solo album Face Value. The new video is modeled after that older music video, and stars a mullet-sporting Phil Collins stand-in doing some soul searching in empty rooms and endless hallways.
I asked the band’s publicist about the “In the Air Tonight” myth and he said:

The myth goes something like: a young Phil Collins and his friend went swimming and the friend was having trouble staying above water.  The life guard on the shore froze and did nothing to help. Phil’s friend drowned. Later, Phil hired a private detective to find the lifeguard, sent him a free ticket to his concert, and premiered “In the Air Tonight” with a spotlight on the man the whole time.

Totally untrue but an awesome story. has a lot of information on the subject:

Of all pop songs for which elaborate, apocryphal backstories have been created to explicate the lyrics, Phil Collins’ 1981 hit, “In the Air Tonight” (from his Face Value album), has perhaps the most varied and fantastic set of legends associated with it. Encompassing adultery, rape, murder, drowning, and the dramatic exposure of a reprehensible wrongdoer (resulting in an arrest or suicide), the narratives all include despicable acts either witnessed by Phil Collins or visited upon him and his family (or friends), inspiring the musician to exact a form of revenge by encapsulating the experience in the lyrics of a song.

Amazing that such interesting stories can revolve around such a boring subject!

The Joan of Arc video premieres today, right after the jump…

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A cluster of teeny tiny Phil Collins heads
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tiny heads

Little angry Phil Collins heads spotted on Green Point Avenue in NYC.
Via New York Shitty

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