Pac-Man, Meet Steve Reich

March 5, 2014 | Andy Cush

Here’s video of the Korean multimedia performance collective Tacit Group created performing Six Pac-Men, an audiovisual piece that combines Steve Reich’s 1973 minimalist composition Six Pianos with the titular arcade game. Here’s how it works, via Prosthetic Knowledge.

“Six Pacmen” is a work of art made by utilizing Pacman, the video game which was released in 1980, and Six Pianos of Steve Reich, which was composed in 1973. Performers need to collect items provided, by steering each given packman. One level is complete once 6 performers collect all the items, thereby going to the next measure of the piece. In some levels (or measures) appears a ghost that disturbs the performer. Performers can finish the game by playing all measures. This shows a significant feature of Tacit Group that has been applying games like Tetris and puzzles to pieces of art.

File this one under “two cool things are better than one, even if we don’t quite understand how they’re related to each other.” It doesn’t start sounding like Reich until about 1:20 in the video above.