Watch: Percussionist's Mesmerizing Tribute to Philip Glass and Steve Reich

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German percussionist Peter A. Bauer created a simple — dare we say minimalist — tribute to Steve Reich and Philip Glass. Titled “80 Years in 80 Bars,” the audio-visual project features some sketching, ideophones and samples of Glass and Reich music.

The video features a hand sketching the number “80” — the age of both Glass and Reich in 2017 — in time with the steady pulse of vibraphone, marimba and piano. Bauer then introduces a single measure of Reich’s seminal 1967 composition Piano Phase as an additional musical layer. Next up is a bar from some of Glass’ ominous “Koyaanisqatsi,” a track from the soundtrack for the 1982 film of the same name. 80 bars after it begins, the mesmerizing music comes to a halt, tempting you to just play it again.