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I was writing music of unremitting dissonance, crashing sevenths and ninths all over the place, simultaneous layers of activity, tone rows and chance processes all washing around in one big incomprehensible soup.
It was kind of painfully obvious that we were writing music not to be heard and loved, but only to be analyzed by future music students like ourselves.
Accept it or not, minimalism's impact on American music has been powerful, and will continue to be so for many decades.
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 Dig the New Breed, by Peter Occhiogrosso (Part 3)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Influenced by various forms of world music, including Indian ragas and African drumming, the early Minimalists created a form of music that was light on content but that found a way to draw in the listener where Serialism was failing.
The music they have created is in most cases more complex and demanding than what you're likely to hear on most pop or classical radio stations these days, but at least it is directed at an audience other than their own colleagues.
As music critic Alex Ross has pointed out, this tradition was revived in the early 20th century by Erik Satie's notion of musique d'ameublement, or furniture music, meant less to be heard than to be absorbed by osmosis, and was continued in the late '70s by Brian Eno's ambient music-- music as sound environment.
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 Minimalist music - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Minimalist music is a genre of experimental music named in the 1960s which displays some or all of the following features:
This means that the "texture" of much minimalist music is based on canonic imitation, exact repetitions of the same material, offset in time.
Minimalist music has been controversial from its inception, and criticisms have been levelled from two other viewpoints specifically.
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 ArtandCulture Movement: Minimalist Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The Minimalist school of music is based on the attempt to create the greatest acoustic effect by using the slightest means.
Minimalist composers seek to strip the ornamentation and augmentation from a musical theme, forcing listeners to focus on the bare essentials.
Minimalist music embraces and rejects aspects in nearly every musical system or genre, from the highly ornamental and rigidly tonal style of the Baroque period to the hypnotic and repetitive sounds of contemporary Techno.
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 London Chamber Orchestra - Minimalist
Minimalist music, from where we stand on our side of the Atlantic, seems largely to have been the preserve of American composers and musicians.
This recording may be taken as something of a European reply; both through the interpretation of the music, and in the fact that we invited a young English composer to write a piece especially for LCO and this recording.
The most obvious feature of minimalist music is perhaps rhythm, although we found ourselves focusing more and more on the different tone colours which the music seemed to demand of us as the project progressed.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for minimalist music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
Considered one of the most innovative of contemporary composers, he was a significant figure in the development of minimalism in music.
The minimalist aesthetic in the plastic arts and in music.
Minimalist concert proves that less can be more.
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 Music After Minimalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
The music schools, the established composers, had been telling youngsters that music, to be valid, should be complex, dissonant, difficult to understand.
More importantly, though, they were more subtle and mysterious than minimalist music; they didn't wear their structure on the outside, and you couldn't completely figure out what was going on just from listening.
Music critics did not take the care to hear how different the musics of Duckworth, Giteck, Lentz, and Marshall were from that of Glass and Reich, nor did any of them ever discover enough of the new music to realize that a complex, well-rounded new style had emerged.
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 The Music Chamber - Minimalism
Minimalist music has been around for a long time in other cultures, but its spread into Western music and art began in the mid-1900's.
The main concept behind minimalist composition is the use of a small (or "minimal") amount of musical material.
For that reason, minimalist music is often said to have a trance-like or hypnotic effect.
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 The Romantic Fragment and Minimalism
The American music of the late twentieth century has been marked by a general and significant reduction of the intricate counterpoint, advanced structures of atonality and chromaticism, and difficult rhythmic and melodic constructs that had developed in art music since Schoenberg's twelve-tone method.
The music of the Minimalists was similarly one small set of limited material, but it remains the most prominent feature through the use of a simple and tonal setting of the material that is gradually changed through its possibilities.
The reaction of the Minimalists against this complexity that is devoid of familiar material throughout may indeed represent the true triumph of the Fragment over purely contrasting music.
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 Highbeam Encyclopedia - Search Results for minimalist
minimalism MINIMALISM [minimalism] schools of contemporary art and music, with their origins in the 1960s, that have emphasized simplicity and objectivity.
A pioneer of modern architecture and one of its most influential figures, he is famous for his minimalist architectural dictum less is more.
The minimalist short story: its definition, writers, and (small) heyday.
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 Minimalism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Minimalist music can sometimes sound similar to different forms of techno-electronic music, as well as the texture-based compositions of composers such as Gyorgy Ligeti; it is often the case that the end result is similar, but the approach is not.
Minimalist filmmakers tend to reduce their works to the bare essentials, both in terms of mis-en-scène, narrative, and filmic construction.
Minimalist films are usually found mainly within the arthouse sector of filmmaking, as the techniques used can sometimes be considered too jarring for a mainstream audience.
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 Moulton Laboratories :: Issues pertaining to the composing of “minimalist” loudspeaker music for home ...
Loudspeaker music composed for home theater loudspeaker arrays is subject to a different set of aesthetic principles and production problems than is music (live or otherwise) prepared for concert presentation.
Loudspeaker music, as a private domestic experience not subject to the constraints and tribal rituals of concert performances, can be much more expansive, meditative, relaxed, informal and playful than live performances.
Because the realization of this music is mechanical, length is only subject to (a) limits of the storage medium and (b) demands on the time constraints, patience and attention of the listener(s).
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Musically, the result is a new approach to minimalism that takes full advantage of the latest technologies.
The recording trio were musical strangers when they went into the studio and were thus faced with the dual challenge of playing both minimalist and improvisational music.
The three of them improvised in the studio, working out their own conception of "minimalist music," which turns out to be slightly more eventful than the music of the Dielectric Drone All-Stars, released in 2003.
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 Minimalism isn't dead...
Sculthorpe’s interest in musics outside the European art music tradition stemmed from a desire to reflect an Australianness in his music — static/unchanging harmony reflecting the "unchanging vista", the "long walk"; repetition through the repetition of the vista, and of stones encountered on the walk.
She does not mind the term minimal or minimalist being applied to aspects of her music, however reminds us that it is only one of many aspects of her music.
Like Greenwell he doesn’t mind the term minimalist being applied to aspects of his compositional output, and characteristics associated with minimalism include repetition of rhythm patterns on a small and large scale, frequent use of an unchanging pulse, use of tonality and tonal centres in the harmonies he chooses, and clear structures.
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 Theremin Vox - Minimalism
While many people find minimalist music less difficult music to listen to than serialism and other current avant-garde classical reason, for some, it is easy music to find annoying, due to all the repetition.
The most prominent minimalist composers are John Adams, Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley; while La Monte Young is generally credited as the "father" of minimalism.
It should be noted that the minimalist movement in music bears only an occasional relationship to the movement of the same name in visual art.
www.thereminvox.com /article/view/115/1/29   (674 words)

 Minimalist - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Basinski's "Loops" are eerily gorgeous, and so is the music of Lichens, who overlays protracted drone waves with a fan of arresting musical snippets.
The 20th century brought many diverse changes to classical music, with developments in electronics, percussion, and orchestration, not to mention the demise of the tonal system in the work of many composers.
Electronic manipulation, minimalist movements, complex rhythms and atonalities, and postmodern techniques all have contributed to, and continue to further, experimentations in the modern world of classical music.
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 American Music Conference
As reported in the July 1998 issue of Neurological Research the study shows that laboratory rats exposed to the music of Mozart were able to complete a maze more rapidly and with fewer errors than rats exposed to minimalist music, white noise or silence during the same period.
The researchers emphasized the causal relationship between early music training and the development of the neural circuitry that governs spatial intelligence.
Their studies indicate that music training generates the neural connections used for abstract reasoning, including those necessary for understanding mathematical concepts.
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 Pretend Music CD Listening Page - new age,ambient,space,acid jazz,meditation music,minimalist,CDs,MIDI,original ...
It's New Age music, Ambient music and Space Music.
It's a new age of New Age Music, an ambient space of ambient space music.
Yes, New Age, Ambient and Space Music and Chill, new age music, ambient music and Acid Jazz, too.
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 John Adams: BMI MusicWorld® Music People Story
BMI was on hand at a recent reception in honor of Grammy Award-winning composer John Adams.
"Minimalist Jukebox," a celebration of film, music and the minimalist movement held at various concert halls around the Los Angeles area.
Adams was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize in Music for "On the Transmigration of Souls," a composition commissioned by the New York Philharmonic to commemorate the victims of the World Trade Center attacks.
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 minimalism: Minimalism in Music   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-25)
In music, the minimalist movement was, like minimal art, a reaction against a then-current form, with composers rejecting many of the dry intellectual complexities and the emotional sterility of
Generally, minimalist compositions tend to emphasize simplicity in melodic line and harmonic progression, to stress repetition and rhythmic patterns, and to reduce historical or expressive reference.
The use of electronic instruments is common in minimalist music, as are influences from Asia and Africa.
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But accident has appended the word to the music of three men and their disciples, all of them practitioners of a motoric, kinetically engrossing style that, for all their differences, deals in hypnotically shifting textures and busily engaging meditative moods.
That is how to build and sustain long musical structures but to maintain the intrinsic concentration of the best minimal music.
Then he has fallen most uncomfortably between two stools: his music is too busy and rhetorical for minimalism, but too primitive for more conventionally formed classical-music sensibilities.
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 Varied minimalist works are played to maximum effect - The Boston Globe
The greatest virtue of Friday's "Minimalism" concert by the Boston Modern Orchestra Project was to raise the question of whether the minimalist tag has outlived its relevance.
This elegiac music sat between movements of jagged, heavily accented unison lines.
Its rhythms are complex and propulsive, allowing the music and text to dance with joy.
www.boston.com /ae/music/articles/2005/02/21/varied_minimalist_works_are_played_to_maximum_effect?mode=PF   (595 words)

 All Available Artists in Minimalist - Free Music Downloads - MP3 Downloads - Download.com Music
Editors' Review: It probably says something that the most obvious comparison to this Robert Lowe minimalist project is William Basinski's "Disintegration Loops", which documents the sound of ancient tapes falling apar...
Editors' Review: Minimalist Charlemagne Palestine crafts sparse compositions that possess the power of classical and the daring of experimental and ambient music.
From the artist: Composer of music for film, classical minimalism, new age, and electronic music.
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 Philip Glass - Uncyclopedia
Philip Glass (January 31, 1937 –) is a composer; Philip Glass is a composer of minimalist music, who once worked as a taxi driver; Philip Glass is a composer of erotic music, who once worked as a taxi driver; Philip Glass is a composer of minimalist music, who once worked as a taxi.
Music With Identical Parts, controversial two cd album.
Music for the film A Brief History of Time; brief is not the word
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 Walt Disney Concert Hall - Minimalist Jukebox
Run Minimalism's musical gamut from African drums to Branca’s electric guitars, from Riley, Glass and Reich to Andriessen, Pärt and Adams himself.
For a comprehensive study of the minimalist landscape, the Jukebox offers everything from film and music to panel discussions with John Adams and Philip Glass.
On March 31st the Getty hosts "Minimalist Jukebox: From Intonation to Collaboration," a public forum key moments of intersection between Minimalist music and other art forms, including the visual arts, dance, film, and theater.
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