“Third Coast Percussion: The Music Of Steve Reich”, is a new free iOS app that lets you create music like the celebrated American minimalist composer. Developed by the Third Coast Percussion Ensemble of Chicago as an interactive learning tool and composition platform, it gives you the ability to play with three different modules that each relate to a distinct Reich idea. These modes include Phasing (for loops), Additive (for polyrhythms) and Canons (for overlaid melodies). You can even import your own sounds for use in each. Watch a video for the app above. You can download a copy via the App Store.
Steve Reich not your bag? No worries, the same group have also created an app that lets you explore John Cage in the same way.