Articles tagged minimalism

29 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

Eluvium: False Readings On

Eluvium’s output since Nightmare Ending in 2013 has been vibrant and fruitful, and False Readings On carries on the exploratory spirit.

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Kuba Kapsa Ensemble: Vantdraught 4

Kuba Kapsa's second installment in his Vantdraught is another victory for modern chamber music, being both adventurous and accessible.

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Ensemble Signal: Steve Reich - Double Sextet / Radio Rewrite



Ensemble Signal makes a strong case for Reich’s continued relevance as well as the strength of his work in this masterful recording of two late-period Reich compositions.

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Rhys Chatham: Pythagorean Dream

Despite Chatham's history of working with hundreds of musicians for a single project, the complex and curious Pythagorean Dream is all about Chatham and his guitar.

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22 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Bayonne: Primitives

If Debussy and Phil Collins fell in love, Bayonne would be their baby. (That's a good thing.)

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Kangding Ray: Cory Arcane

Forget the minimal techno you have known so far, because Kangding Ray has managed to manipulate the very essence of the genre to combine the raw (the glitch) with the refined (the melody).

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A Major Birthday Bash for Minimalist Music Mastermind Terry Riley

Terry Riley turned 80 on June 24, and not unexpectedly, the honors for the mastermind of musical Minimalism have been hardly minimal.

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Ensemble Signal: Music for 18 Musicians

Ensemble Signal reproduce Steve Reich's '70s minimalist masterpiece with inhuman precision.

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Arnold Dreyblatt: Nodal Excitation

A long but not-quite-lost piece of DIY minimalism gets its second victory lap on Drag City.

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Thomas Brinkmann: What You Hear (Is What You Hear)

Thomas Brinkmann buries the parameters so deep you can barely feel them.

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Contretemps: Pronouncement

Distressing, awkward, disturbing and almost upsetting, this aura of discomfort, if combined with the sound of the term itself (|ˈkɒntrətɒ̃|) is the essence of the music presented by Joel Ebner.

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Philip Glass - “Etude No. 16” (video)

Leading up to the November 25th release of the complete collection of his piano etudes, Philip Glass plans to drop two tracks from the 20-song collection each week. This week, you can view Maki Namekawa's performance of "Etude No. 16".

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28 Apr 2014 // 2:02 AM

Kangding Ray: Solens Arc

More human than human.

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The Moving Pixels Podcast Explores Minimalism in Video Games

This week, it's minimalism. It's video games. What more can we say?

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Steve Reich and Kronos Quartet: WTC 9/11, Mallet Quartet, Dance Patterns

Much like Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking of the Titanic," composer Steven Reich applies his minimal composition technique to address a great tragedy. The remaining works on this CD don't even come close to following suit.

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Ben Frost & Daniel Bjarnason: Solaris

Cold in long flows, like streams of very contemplative melted snow running across a fairly level plain and never meeting.

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Arnold Dreyblatt: Resonant Relations

Minimalism doesn't have to be so dull. Minimalism doesn't have to be so dull. Minimalism...

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‘Steve Reich: Phase to Face’ Suffers from Restraint

Do you hear that? It's the sound of the surface barely being scratched over Steve Reich's career.

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Charlemagne Palestine: Strumming Music

I hope you like the two or three notes on these three CDs. If not, you're in for almost two hours of hell.

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Steve Reich: Double Sextet/2x5

In 2009, composer Steve Reich received the Pulitzer Prize for his composition "Double Sextet". Nonesuch's pairing of "Double Sextet" with a similar composition, "2x5", produces a mixed bag.

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