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Minimal music

Index Minimal music

Minimal music is a form of art music that employs limited or minimal musical materials. [1]

134 relations: A Rainbow in Curved Air, Adolf Hitler, Advertising, AllMusic, Ambient music, Angst, Art music, Arvo Pärt, Atonality, Avant-garde music, Berio, Bruce Nauman, Cat food, Cell (music), Charles Ives, Charlotte Moorman, Christopher Lasch, Chuck Berry, Classical music, Classical tradition, Coldcut, Come Out (Reich), Commodity fetishism, Common chord (music), Common tone (scale), Conceptual art, Consonance and dissonance, Counterculture of the 1960s, Counterpoint, Daniel Harrison (musicologist), Dave Smith (composer), David Cope, DJ Spooky, Donal Henahan, Downtown music, Drone (music), Drone music, Edgard Varèse, Effects of cannabis, Einstein on the Beach, Electric Counterpoint, Electronic dance music, Elliott Carter, Experimental music, Experimental rock, Fascism, Figure (music), Figured bass, Flower power, Gavin Bryars, ..., Harold C. Schonberg, Henning Christiansen, Henryk Górecki, Het Apollohuis, Howard Skempton, Ian MacDonald, In C, Indian classical music, Institute of Contemporary Arts, It's Gonna Rain, Johann Sebastian Bach, John Adams (composer), John Cage, John Cale, John Lewis (pianist), John Tavener, John White (composer), Julius Eastman, Karel Goeyvaerts, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Ken Ishii, Krautrock, Kurtis Mantronik, Kyle Gann, La Monte Young, Leonard B. Meyer, Little Fluffy Clouds, Louis Andriessen, Machine Age, Mass production, Michael Nyman, Michael Parsons (composer), Minimal techno, Modulation (music), Moondog, Morton Feldman, Motif (music), Nam June Paik, Narcissism, Noise rock, Nuclear weapon, Ohio State University, Orchestra, Ostinato, Parameter, Pattern, Phase music, Philip Glass, Phrase (music theory), Piano Phase, Pierre Boulez, Polyphony, Post-rock, Postminimalism, Process music, Psychedelia, Renaissance, Repetition (music), Richard Serra, Robert Morris (artist), Serialism, Shaker Loops, Silence, Sinfini Music, Smiley Smile, Space rock, St. Martin's Press, Steve Martland, Steve Reich, String quartet, Sub-Saharan African music traditions, Subject (music), Symphony, Tape loop, Terry Riley, The Beach Boys, The Orb, The Velvet Underground, The Village Voice, Tom Johnson (composer), Totalism, United States, Vienna, Visual arts education. Expand index (84 more) »

A Rainbow in Curved Air

A Rainbow in Curved Air is the third album by experimental music artist and keyboard virtuoso Terry Riley.

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Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler (20 April 1889 – 30 April 1945) was a German politician, demagogue, and revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei; NSDAP), Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945.

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Advertising is an audio or visual form of marketing communication that employs an openly sponsored, non-personal message to promote or sell a product, service or idea.

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AllMusic (previously known as All Music Guide or AMG) is an online music guide.

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Ambient music

Ambient music is a genre of music that puts an emphasis on tone and atmosphere over traditional musical structure or rhythm.

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Angst means fear or anxiety (anguish is its Latinate equivalent, and anxious, anxiety are of similar origin).

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Art music

Art music (alternately called classical music, cultivated music, serious music, and canonic music) is music that implies advanced structural and theoretical considerationsJacques Siron, "Musique Savante (Serious music)", Dictionnaire des mots de la musique (Paris: Outre Mesure): 242.

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Arvo Pärt

Arvo Pärt (born 11 September 1935) is an Estonian composer of classical and religious music.

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Atonality in its broadest sense is music that lacks a tonal center, or key.

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Avant-garde music

Avant-garde music is music that is considered to be at the forefront of experimentation or innovation in its field, with the term "avant-garde" implying a critique of existing aesthetic conventions, rejection of the status quo in favor of unique or original elements, and the idea of deliberately challenging or alienating audiences.

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Berio may refer to.

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Bruce Nauman

Bruce Nauman (born December 6, 1941) is an American artist.

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Cat food

Cat food is food for consumption by cats.

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Cell (music)

The 1957 Encyclopédie Laroussequoted in Nattiez, Jean-Jacques (1990).

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Charles Ives

Charles Edward Ives (October 20, 1874May 19, 1954) was an American modernist composer.

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Charlotte Moorman

Madeline Charlotte Moorman (November 18, 1933 – November 8, 1991) was an American cellist, performance artist, and advocate for avant-garde music.

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Christopher Lasch

Christopher "Kit" Lasch (June 1, 1932 – February 14, 1994) was an American historian, moralist, and social critic who was a history professor at the University of Rochester.

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Chuck Berry

Charles Edward Anderson Berry (October 18, 1926 – March 18, 2017) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music.

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Classical music

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western culture, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music.

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Classical tradition

The Western classical tradition is the reception of classical Greco-Roman antiquity by later cultures, especially the post-classical West, involving texts, imagery, objects, ideas, institutions, monuments, architecture, cultural artifacts, rituals, practices, and sayings.

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Coldcut are an English electronic music duo composed of Matt Black and Jonathan More.

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Come Out (Reich)

Come Out is a 1966 piece by American composer Steve Reich.

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Commodity fetishism

In Karl Marx's critique of political economy, commodity fetishism is the perception of the social relationships involved in production, not as relationships among people, but as economic relationships among the money and commodities exchanged in market trade.

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Common chord (music)

A common chord, in the theory of harmony, is a chord that is diatonic to more than one key or, in other words, is common to (shared by) two keys.

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Common tone (scale)

In music, a common tone is a pitch class that is a member of, or common to (shared by) two or more scales or sets.

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Conceptual art

Conceptual art, sometimes simply called conceptualism, is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic, technical, and material concerns.

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Consonance and dissonance

In music, consonance and dissonance are categorizations of simultaneous or successive sounds.

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Counterculture of the 1960s

The counterculture of the 1960s refers to an anti-establishment cultural phenomenon that developed first in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) and then spread throughout much of the Western world between the mid-1960s and the mid-1970s, with London, New York City, and San Francisco being hotbeds of early countercultural activity.

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In music, counterpoint is the relationship between voices that are harmonically interdependent (polyphony) yet independent in rhythm and contour.

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Daniel Harrison (musicologist)

Daniel Harrison (born April 20, 1959) is a music theorist, author, and former Chairman of the Department of Music at Yale University.

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Dave Smith (composer)

Dave Smith (born in Salisbury, August 19, 1949) is a British composer, arranger and musical performer.

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David Cope

David Cope (born May 17, 1941 in San Francisco, California) is an American author, composer, scientist, and former professor of music at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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DJ Spooky

Paul Dennis Miller (born 1970), known professionally as DJ Spooky, That Subliminal Kid, is a Washington DC-born electronic and experimental hip hop musician whose work is often called by critics or his fans as "illbient" or "trip hop".

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Donal Henahan

Donal Henahan (February 28, 1921 – August 19, 2012) was an American music critic and journalist who had lengthy associations with the Chicago Daily News and The New York Times.

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Downtown music

Downtown music is a subdivision of American music, closely related to experimental music.

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Drone (music)

In music, a drone is a harmonic or monophonic effect or accompaniment where a note or chord is continuously sounded throughout most or all of a piece.

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Drone music

Drone music, drone-based music, or simply drone, is a subgenre of minimal music that emphasizes the use of sustained or repeated sounds, notes, or tone-clusters – called drones.

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Edgard Varèse

Edgard Victor Achille Charles Varèse (also spelled Edgar Varèse;Malcolm MacDonald, Varèse, Astronomer in Sound (London, 2003), p. xi. December 22, 1883 – November 6, 1965) was a French-born composer who spent the greater part of his career in the United States.

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Effects of cannabis

The effects of cannabis are caused by the chemical compounds in the plant, including cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is only one of more than 100 different cannabinoids present in the plant.

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Einstein on the Beach

Einstein on the Beach is an opera in four acts (framed and connected by five "knee plays" or intermezzos), composed by Philip Glass and directed by theatrical producer Robert Wilson.

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Electric Counterpoint

Electric Counterpoint is a minimalist composition written by American composer Steve Reich.

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Electronic dance music

Electronic dance music (also known as EDM, dance music, club music, or simply dance) is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves, and festivals.

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Elliott Carter

Elliott Cook Carter Jr. (December 11, 1908 – November 5, 2012) was an American composer who was twice awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

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Experimental music

Experimental music is a general label for any music that pushes existing boundaries and genre definitions.

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Experimental rock

Experimental rock (or avant-rock) is a subgenre of rock music which pushes the boundaries of common composition and performance technique or which experiments with the basic elements of the genre.

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Fascism is a form of radical authoritarian ultranationalism, characterized by dictatorial power, forcible suppression of opposition and control of industry and commerce, which came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.

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Figure (music)

A musical figure or figuration is the shortest idea in music; a short succession of notes, often recurring.

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Figured bass

Figured bass, or thoroughbass, is a kind of musical notation in which numerals and symbols (often accidentals) indicate intervals, chords, and non-chord tones that a musician playing piano, harpsichord, organ, lute (or other instruments capable of playing chords) play in relation to the bass note that these numbers and symbols appear above or below.

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Flower power

Flower power was a slogan used during the late 1960s and early 1970s as a symbol of passive resistance and non-violence ideology.

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Gavin Bryars

Richard Gavin Bryars (born 16 January 1943) is an English composer and double bassist.

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Harold C. Schonberg

Harold Charles Schonberg (November 29, 1915 – July 26, 2003) was an American music critic and journalist, most notably for The New York Times.

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Henning Christiansen

Henning Christiansen (May 28, 1932, Copenhagen – December 10, 2008) was a Danish composer and an active member of the Fluxus-movement.

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Henryk Górecki

Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (English pronunciation Go-RET-ski; December 6, 1933 – November 12, 2010) was a Polish composer of contemporary classical music.

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Het Apollohuis

Het Apollohuis (The Apollo House) was a space for experimental music and visual arts, "focused in particular on...

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Howard Skempton

Howard While Skempton (born 31 October 1947) is an English composer, pianist, and accordionist.

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Ian MacDonald

Ian MacCormick (known by the pseudonym Ian MacDonald; 3 October 1948 – 20 August 2003) was a British music critic and author, best known for both Revolution in the Head, his critical history of the Beatles which borrowed techniques from art historians, and The New Shostakovich, a study of Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich.

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In C

In C is a musical piece composed by Terry Riley in 1964 for an indefinite number of performers.

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Indian classical music

Indian classical music is a genre of South Asian music.

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Institute of Contemporary Arts

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is an artistic and cultural centre on The Mall in London, just off Trafalgar Square.

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It's Gonna Rain

It's Gonna Rain is a minimalist musical composition for magnetic tape written by Steve Reich in 1965.

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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (28 July 1750) was a composer and musician of the Baroque period, born in the Duchy of Saxe-Eisenach.

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John Adams (composer)

John Coolidge Adams (born February 15, 1947) is an American composer of classical music and opera, with strong roots in minimalism.

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John Cage

John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer and music theorist.

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John Cale

John Davies Cale, OBE (born 9 March 1942) is a Welsh musician, composer, singer, songwriter and record producer who was a founding member of the American rock band the Velvet Underground.

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John Lewis (pianist)

John Aaron Lewis (May 3, 1920 – March 29, 2001) was an American jazz pianist, composer and arranger, best known as the founder and musical director of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

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John Tavener

Sir John Kenneth Tavener (28 January 1944 – 12 November 2013) was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious works, including The Protecting Veil, Song for Athene and The Lamb.

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John White (composer)

John White (born 5 April 1936 in Berlin) is an English experimental composer and musical performer.

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Julius Eastman

Julius Eastman (October 27, 1940 – May 28, 1990) was an African-American composer, pianist, vocalist, and dancer of minimalist tendencies.

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Karel Goeyvaerts

Karel Goeyvaerts (8 June 1923 – 3 February 1993) was a Belgian composer.

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Karlheinz Stockhausen

Karlheinz Stockhausen (22 August 1928 – 5 December 2007) was a German composer, widely acknowledged by critics as one of the most important but also controversial composers of the 20th and early 21st centuries.

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Ken Ishii

is a Japanese DJ and record producer from Sapporo.

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Krautrock (also called " ", cosmic music") is a broad genre of experimental rock that developed in Germany in the late 1960s.

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Kurtis Mantronik

Kurtis el Khaleel (خليل) (born Graham Curtis, September 4, 1965, Jamaica), known by the stage name Kurtis Mantronik, is an American-British hip hop and electronic-music artist, DJ, remixer, and producer.

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Kyle Gann

Kyle Eugene Gann (born November 21, 1955 in Dallas, Texas) is an American professor of music, critic, and composer who has worked primarily in the New York City area.

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La Monte Young

La Monte Thornton Young (born October 14, 1935) is an American avant-garde composer, musician, and artist generally recognized as the first minimalist composer.

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Leonard B. Meyer

Leonard B. Meyer (January 12, 1918 – December 30, 2007) was a composer, author, and philosopher.

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Little Fluffy Clouds

"Little Fluffy Clouds" is a single released by the British ambient house group The Orb.

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Louis Andriessen

Louis Andriessen (born 6 June 1939) is a Dutch composer and pianist based in Amsterdam.

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Machine Age

The Machine Age is an era that includes the early 20th century, sometimes also including the late 19th century.

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Mass production

Mass production, also known as flow production or continuous production, is the production of large amounts of standardized products, including and especially on assembly lines.

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Michael Nyman

Michael Laurence Nyman, CBE (born 23 March 1944) is an English composer of minimalist music, pianist, librettist and musicologist, known for numerous film scores (many written during his lengthy collaboration with the filmmaker Peter Greenaway), and his multi-platinum soundtrack album to Jane Campion's The Piano.

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Michael Parsons (composer)

Michael Edward Parsons (born 12 December 1938) is a British composer.

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Minimal techno

Minimal Techno is a minimalist subgenre of techno music.

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Modulation (music)

In music, modulation is most commonly the act or process of changing from one key (tonic, or tonal center) to another.

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Louis Thomas Hardin (May 26, 1916 – September 8, 1999), also known as Moondog, was an American musician, composer, theoretician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments.

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Morton Feldman

Morton Feldman (January 12, 1926 – September 3, 1987) was an American composer.

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Motif (music)

In music, a motif (also motive) is a short musical idea, a salient recurring figure, musical fragment or succession of notes that has some special importance in or is characteristic of a composition: "The motive is the smallest structural unit possessing thematic identity".

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Nam June Paik

Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006) was a Korean American artist.

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Narcissism is the pursuit of gratification from vanity or egotistic admiration of one's own attributes.

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Noise rock

Noise rock (sometimes called noise punk) is a diverse style of experimental rock employing noise music elements, which spun off from punk rock in the 1980s.

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Nuclear weapon

A nuclear weapon is an explosive device that derives its destructive force from nuclear reactions, either fission (fission bomb) or from a combination of fission and fusion reactions (thermonuclear bomb).

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Ohio State University

The Ohio State University, commonly referred to as Ohio State or OSU, is a large, primarily residential, public university in Columbus, Ohio.

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An orchestra is a large instrumental ensemble typical of classical music, which mixes instruments from different families, including bowed string instruments such as violin, viola, cello and double bass, as well as brass, woodwinds, and percussion instruments, each grouped in sections.

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In music, an ostinato (derived from Italian: stubborn, compare English, from Latin: 'obstinate') is a motif or phrase that persistently repeats in the same musical voice, frequently at the same pitch.

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A parameter (from the Ancient Greek παρά, para: "beside", "subsidiary"; and μέτρον, metron: "measure"), generally, is any characteristic that can help in defining or classifying a particular system (meaning an event, project, object, situation, etc.). That is, a parameter is an element of a system that is useful, or critical, when identifying the system, or when evaluating its performance, status, condition, etc.

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A pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design.

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Phase music

Phase music is a form of music that uses phasing as a primary compositional process.

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Philip Glass

Philip Glass (born January 31, 1937) is an American composer.

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Phrase (music theory)

In music theory, a phrase (φράση) is a unit of musical meter that has a complete musical sense of its own, built from figures, motifs, and cells, and combining to form melodies, periods and larger sections.

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Piano Phase

Piano Phase is a minimalist composition by American composer Steve Reich, written in 1967 for two pianos (or piano and tape).

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Pierre Boulez

Pierre Louis Joseph Boulez CBE (26 March 1925 – 5 January 2016) was a French composer, conductor, writer and founder of institutions.

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In music, polyphony is one type of musical texture, where a texture is, generally speaking, the way that melodic, rhythmic, and harmonic aspects of a musical composition are combined to shape the overall sound and quality of the work.

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Post-rock is a form of experimental rock characterized by use of rock instruments primarily to explore textures and timbre rather than traditional song structure, chords or riffs.

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Postminimalism is an art term coined (as post-minimalism) by Robert Pincus-Witten in 1971Chilvers, Ian and Glaves-Smith, John, A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art, second edition (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009), p. 569.

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Process music

Process music is music that arises from a process.

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Psychedelia is the subculture, originating in the 1960s, of people who often use psychedelic drugs such as LSD, mescaline (found in peyote) and psilocybin (found in some mushrooms).

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The Renaissance is a period in European history, covering the span between the 14th and 17th centuries.

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Repetition (music)

Repetition is important in music, where sounds or sequences are often repeated.

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Richard Serra

Richard Serra (born November 2, 1938) is an American minimalist sculptor and video artist known for working with large-scale assemblies of sheet metal.

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Robert Morris (artist)

Robert Morris (born February 9, 1931 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American sculptor, conceptual artist and writer.

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In music, serialism is a method of composition using series of pitches, rhythms, dynamics, timbres or other musical elements.

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Shaker Loops

Shaker Loops is a 1978 composition by American composer John Adams, originally written for string septet.

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Silence is the lack of audible sound, or the presence of sounds of very low intensity.

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Sinfini Music

Sinfini Music was a classical music website containing written features and reviews, news, animations, cartoons, quizzes and filmed sessions.

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Smiley Smile

Smiley Smile is the 12th studio album by American rock band the Beach Boys, released on September 18, 1967.

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Space rock

Space rock is a rock music genre characterized by loose and lengthy song structures centred on instrumental textures that typically produce a hypnotic, otherworldly sound.

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Steve Martland

Steve Martland (10 October 1954 – 7 May 2013) was an English composer.

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Steve Reich

Stephen Michael Reich (born October 3, 1936) is an American composer who, along with La Monte Young, Terry Riley, and Philip Glass, pioneered minimal music in the mid to late 1960s.

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String quartet

A string quartet is a musical ensemble of four string players – two violin players, a viola player and a cellist – or a piece written to be performed by such a group.

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Sub-Saharan African music traditions

Sub-Saharan African music traditions exhibit so many common features that they may in some respects be thought of as constituting a single musical system.

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Subject (music)

In music, a subject is the material, usually a recognizable melody, upon which part or all of a composition is based.

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A symphony is an extended musical composition in Western classical music, most often written by composers for orchestra.

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Tape loop

In music, tape loops are loops of magnetic tape used to create repetitive, rhythmic musical patterns or dense layers of sound when played on a tape recorder.

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Terry Riley

Terrence Mitchell "Terry" Riley (born June 24, 1935) is an American composer and performing musician associated with the minimalist school of Western classical music, of which he was a pioneer.

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The Beach Boys

The Beach Boys are an American rock band formed in Hawthorne, California, in 1961.

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The Orb

The Orb are an English electronic music group known for being the pioneers of ambient house.

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The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground was an American rock band formed in 1964 in New York City by singer/guitarist Lou Reed, multi-instrumentalist John Cale, guitarist Sterling Morrison, and drummer Angus MacLise (replaced by Moe Tucker in 1965).

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The Village Voice

The Village Voice is an American news and culture paper, known for being the country's first alternative newsweekly.

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Tom Johnson (composer)

Tom Johnson (born November 18, 1939 in Greeley, Colorado), is an American minimalist composer, a former student of Morton Feldman.

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Totalism is a style of art music that arose in the 1980s and 1990s as a response to minimalism.

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United States

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States (U.S.) or America, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.

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Vienna (Wien) is the federal capital and largest city of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria.

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Visual arts education

Visual arts education is the area of learning that is based upon only the kind of art that one can see, visual arts—drawing, painting, sculpture, and design in jewelry, pottery, weaving, fabrics, etc.

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