minimalist music

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minimalist music

A musical movement based on extremely simplified, prolonged, rhythms and patterns with great use of repetition of individual phrases and avoidance of embellishment. It often makes use of the instruments and techniques of electronic music. A notable exponent of this type of music is the American composer Philip Glass (1937–), with such compositions as Akhnaten.”
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Musical minimalism shares its aesthetic with the American visual arts movement of the 1960s and 1970s bearing the same name: both mediums seek a new mode of expression using a meager economy of means.
Particular emphasis is given to the practitioners of musical minimalism, including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, and Terry Riley.
Indeed, from its inception in the early '60s, musical minimalism actively blurred the boundaries between "high" and "mass" art, "classical" and "popular" music.
In fact, in a reference to this musical minimalism, the album jacket reads "Reduced [as opposed to produced] by Rick Rubin."
Is it time yet to write the history of musical minimalism? Judging from books that have appeared within the past decade, some scholars and critics certainly think so.