Fusion of the machinations of a Rock giant and these two powerful composers?
Then came my realization that Bowie and Glass knew one another, and were in conversations from time to time. That, plus the 'Low' Symphony by Glass, based upon Bowie's "Low" recording, and Glass in his unabashed recognition of David Bowie as a major creative Voice.
Which took me back to two terms emanating from both the Middle and High Baroque periods; namely, Passacaglia and Chaconne, both rather interchangeable, in that these terms signify decided limitation on usage of material by employing either a bass(called Ground Bass) consisting of a constantly repeated statement, or a constantly repeated harmonic expression - in either case, the music born of these kinds of circular direction is what we hear as a composition. Bach and the great English composer Purcell championed the use of these designs, which persist past the Baroque period, through Brahms, in his fourth symphony, and the magnificent Chaconne he brought forward.
Minimalism, for me, stems from the Baroque, with its Passacaglia and Chaconne, because of the conscious efforts of the composer to purposely employ limited material in order to form a complete idea.
Obviously, Bowie, in his contacts with Glass, must have discussed the process of Minimalism.
What I wonder about is the question:
Was Bowie aware of the connection between the works of Glass, and the tap roots of Minimalism stemming from the purposeful limitation of material as projected by the composers of the Baroque?
By the way, I find Bowie to be a powerful projector of his message in his final incarnation, and am deeply impressed by his gifts.