Minimalism Essentials

About this playlist

The cultural phenomenon of minimalism brought to the art world an influx of new philosophical and aesthetic ideas during the 1960s and early 1970s. In Western art music, the rise of minimalism can be traced to the New York Downtown scene where composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young were experimenting with new forms, techniques and technology. For example, the influence of such experiments can be heard to powerful effect in Reich’s Electric Counterpoint from 1987, where the soloist becomes their own ensemble and performs over a backing of 12 pre-recorded electric guitars and bass parts.

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Curated by

Maryna Boiko

Primephonic Curator

About this playlist

The cultural phenomenon of minimalism brought to the art world an influx of new philosophical and aesthetic ideas during the 1960s and early 1970s. In Western art music, the rise of minimalism can be traced to the New York Downtown scene where composers like Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley and La Monte Young were experimenting with new forms, techniques and technology. For example, the influence of such experiments can be heard to powerful effect in Reich’s Electric Counterpoint from 1987, where the soloist becomes their own ensemble and performs over a backing of 12 pre-recorded electric guitars and bass parts.

Curated by

Maryna Boiko

Primephonic Curator

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