"Few living composers have created a style so fiercely original, immediately recognizable and wholly accessible...it would be hard to think of any American music more important than this." - The New York Times
"From the phase-shifting tape loop pieces of the early to mid-60s, to the later, more 'composed' works with their gradually developing cellular rhythmic and melodic structures, an approach which reached its apogee in the late 70s, Reich's music can be heard echoing across the Electronica spectrum, from the most hardcore German Techno to Aphex Twin, D*Note, Alec Empire, Tortoise, Panasonic..."
It was 1991 when the Orb's "Fluffy Little Clouds" gave a major pop nod to Steve Reich, whose composition "Electric Counterpoint" served as the foundation for the band's breakthrough hit. Yet the Orb is not alone in their admiration of Steve Reich. Reich's entire output -- from early tape collages and pioneering work with phasing techniques to his later, larger and more intricate works, including collaborations with visual artists -- has served as both template and inspiration for a growing legion of electronic musicians and DJs. The ideas and strategies that Steve Reich has been mining for the past three decades have predated not only the sensibilities of today's youth culture, but also the technological developments that have shaped them.
It is the prevailing relevance of Reich's music to the post-modern chill-out rooms and conc...