Steve Reich's 75th Birthday Track: New York Counterpoint

10/03/2011 01:35 pm ET | Updated Dec 03, 2011

Steve Reich, modernist composer and grandfather of electronica, turns 75 today. To understand the mystery of this moment, it helps to consider that the same year Reich released a Pulitzer-winning album featuring the technically novel multiplication of composite recordings, fellow 1936-born famous person John McCain admitted he didn't know how to use a computer. In the throwdown of the 75 year olds, Reich wins as the only one who'd actually know what the word "throwdown" means.

To honor Reich's young soul, we've posted a recording of his "New York Counterpoint" below, recorded by the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's clarinet studio. The 1985 composition has an interesting pop culture trivia background: in '95, an MIT student performance of the piece featured a solo by a young man named Eran Egozy. Ergozy went on to invent Guitar Hero. So there you go. Relevancy! Rock on with your septuagenerian self, Steve Reich.

LISTEN to "New York Counterpoint":