Chris Hughes
Steve Reich Music
Play Quietly 

Welcome to Chris Hughes' Shift CD Web Site. This site is designed to give you the chance to buy the Shift CD direct and discover more about Chris Hughes' and Steve Reich's music.


Shift was originally released on the Fontana label on the 7th February 1994.

The first solo release by Chris Hughes, the Shift project had been germinating as an idea since 1972 when, as a young gun, his father tookhim to see the European premiere of Steve Reich's Drumming at the Hayward Gallery, London. The trip had a deep impact on Chris and he was forever grateful to the man who had taken him to the inspirational performance - as he records in his sleeve note dedication: "Without him I may never have known".


In the early 70s Steve Reich had yet to be widely acknowledged as a major creative force. Only in the last ten years has serious and overdue attention been paid to his all-pervasive influence, evident as it is in music as diverse as Rap, Dance, Kraftwerk, Michael Nyman, David Bowie, Underworld and many more.


Chris has explored Reich's work with increasing fascination. In the mid-80s, he first had the idea of producing the record for Reich himself. Ameeting with Reich in the late 80s served to intensify Chris' enthusiasm. The idea finally evolved into the series of variations on Reich's early compositions that became the Shift CD .

"I've never thought for a minute that 'Shift' was a digression from the other things I've been involved with," Chris commented recently. "It seems like a natural extension to my other work in that it happens to be the thing I am totally committed to at this time."

Shift [31.03] Slow motion blackbird [5.46]
Part I [from Drumming] From Piano Phase [18.54]
Part II [from Violin Phase] Pendulum Music [3.54]
Part IV