Minimalistic Music. Minimalism. Created in the 60s and 70s. There are many different types of minimalism. Minimalism could be defined as a style of composition characterized by an intentionally simplified rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic vocabulary. Features of Minimalism.
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Created in the 60s and 70s.
There are many different types of minimalism.
Minimalism could be defined
as a style of composition characterized by an intentionally simplified rhythmic, melodic, and harmonic vocabulary.
Background music repeats with occasional slight changes in meter. Minimalist harmonies are usually just a set of chords with only one or two notes played at any one time.
Phasing is a technique that is used to create complex rhythms from a single, simpler rhythm.
Phasing is done by first playing two of the same rhythms together, then slowly shifting the duplicate of the rhythm backward or forward by a small increment.
In subtractive minimalism a beat, word,
or syllable is subtracted from the beginning
or end of the original melody.
Additive minimalism adds a beat, word,
or syllable to the original.
“Cockroaches” uses the subtractive type
by subtracting words and syllables from the
end of the sentence.
Three of the top composers of minimalistic music are Steve Reich, John Adams, and Philip Glass.
Steve Reich was born in 1936.
Our clapping music idea came from Reich.
First recording was published in the 1960s.
John Adams was born in 1947.
His first recording was made in the early 70s.