A couple of classes ago, we discussed the concept of minimalism in art, and the explanation of what it actually is really struck a chord with me. Minimalism takes the interest out of the object itself, and the experience becomes everything.
Upon further investigation of the subject, I discovered that the minimalist movement involved painting, sculpture and, much to my surprise, music. Minimal music is often referred to as “process music,” meaning it follows strict rules while experimenting with timbre, rhythm, harmony and repetition. Obviously, the music lacks visual aspects of the experience found with paintings and sculptures, but it is also created with limited or minimal materials. Minimal music is composed with these materials as a blatant rejection of the popular, complex musical compositions.
Here are some examples of popular minimalist musicians and what this music actually sounds like: