Often, people will overlook Steve Reich when compared to Philip Glass, but the pulsing compositions of Reich are not to be slept on. Via The Guardian:
It’s rare that one says this about a contemporary composer, but it’s become too easy to take Steve Reich for granted. Of course, that’s a sign of just how influential his music has been, the way it has drawn on everything from African drumming to concept art, and how it has influenced generations of pop, jazz and classical musicians over the last half-century. In fact, if you were to subtract Steve Reich from the total sum of today’s musical culture, I think you’d notice more of a difference than if you took away any other single figure.
Watch a short clip of “Music for 18 Musicians” below.