CONCEPTS

Working Backwards to Minimalism

Go as far as possible using minimal materials

 

But not necessarily sparse or spare results

Minimalism

  • Uses simple musical building-blocks assembled into larger works
     
  • Process is important and audible
     
  • Strong sense of repetition and pulse
     
  • Return to more focused musical materials
     
  • Desire to connect with broader audiences

TECHNIQUES

On the next slide, listen to the piece while reviewing the facts about it, and think about the specific questions posed.  The audio is an edit from different points throughout the piece.

Facts:

Created in the 1969
 

By a trained musician
 

Used readily-available analog technology
 

Created in the composer’s home
 

45 minutes

Questions:

1)  What are the raw sound materials (not the tools) used?
 

2)  What did you hear that suggested which technologies might be used?

3)  What compositional process (not technology) might be used?  What did you hear that suggested it?

Process

Alvin Lucier

I Am Sitting in a Room
(1969)

Facts:

Created in the 1966
 

By a trained musician
 

Used readily-available analog technology
 

Created in the composer’s home
 

25 minutes

Questions:

1)  What are the raw sound materials (not the tools) used?
 

2)  What did you hear that suggested which technologies might be used?

3)  What compositional process (not technology) might be used?  What did you hear that suggested it?

Again, listen to the audio while considering the facts & questions...

Phasing

Steve Reich

 

Come Out (1966)
It's Gonna Rain (1965)

Pendulum Music (1968)

Violin Phase (1979)

Steve Reich & Alvin Lucier

Steve Reich

 

Pendulum Music (1968)

Giving Listening its Time...

In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it's not boring at all but very interesting.

 

–John Cage

Minimalism

By Brian

Minimalism

MCTC SNDA 1360

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