Minimal Electronic Music is a blog about the artists behind the music along with potential playlists. The main purpose of this blog is to expose those who may not have heard of minimal electronic artists or help them find similar artists. Minimal electronic music is a subgenre of electronic music that has its roots in minimalism and post-minimalism (e.g., Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Terry Riley). Artists are usually trained in classical composition and use synthesizers and/or computer programs to create their music. These artists include Chris Clark, Brian Eno, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Oneohtrix Point Never, Clark, Tim Hecker, and Ben Frost.
This blog will take a closer look at these artists by examining their biographies and artistic development. Additionally, it will provide more information on how they compose their works as well as how their pieces are performed live for an audience. It will also provide various playlists for each artist (live performances, studio recordings), as well as similar artist playlists for those who want to listen to more of this type of music.
Minimal electronic music is a blog about the artists behind the music along with potential playlists.
The birth of minimal electronic music can be traced back to the late 1950s. At that time, electronic instruments were not very common and only available to a limited number of institutions and people. This was especially true for universities and research institutes. The instruments were used for experimentation and further development of new sounds and musical ideas.
Among others, Karlheinz Stockhausen (studied by Pierre Boulez), György Ligeti, Iannis Xenakis were influenced by these early developments and created some of their most important works using these instruments in the 1950s and 1960s.
But it was in the late 1960s that the first all-electronic albums became available, thanks to musicians such as Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream or Popol Vuh who produced some of their most influential works during this period.
This is a blog about minimal electronic music, written and maintained by it’s authors. We tend to write about the artists behind the music along with potential playlists. The whole idea is to expose new listeners to this kind of music, as well as provide current fans with insight into the scene.
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Minimal electronic artists are often overlooked and underappreciated because of the limited scope they play within. Some of the most brilliant minds in music have produced a body of work which is often seen as impersonal and unemotional. The purpose of this blog is to give short descriptions of the artists behind the music along with potential playlists.
I’m not a writer, I’m not a journalist, I’m not even very good at explaining things. This is simply my passion for music being put down on to words.
Minimal Electronic Music is a genre of music that has never been formally defined. It is the result of experimentation with the first electronic instruments and newly discovered audio effects, and it has many subgenres: ambient, drone, industrial, glitch, IDM, techno and more. This site is an attempt to provide an introduction to this music and to recommend some starting points for further exploration.
Minimal electronic music is a new type of music that explores the subtle effects of music and how it can be used as its own instrument. This subgenre of electronic music can range from soothing to intense through the use of repetition, sound layering, and minimalism.
Minimal electronic music is a recent subgenre that has been created by artists like Tycho and Brian Eno. Tycho, also known as Scott Hansen, uses repetition in his songs to create a calming effect. However, he also mixes different tones together with varying tempos to create pieces that are more upbeat and intense. Brian Eno’s works are much more mellow than Tycho’s songs but always create an intriguing melody that is both relaxing and captivating. Other artists who explore this genre is Aphex Twin, Stars of the Lid, Oneohtrix Point Never, and Boards of Canada.
Artists within the genre will use multiple types of software to create their songs. Some common programs are Max/MSP 5, Pure Data (PD), Logic Pro X, Ableton Live 9 Suite, Adobe Audition CC 2015 and many more.
In the late 1950’s and 1960’s, a new form of music emerged that was unlike anything before it. Composers began to write music with fewer notes and break away from traditional classical music. The minimalist music movement began as a response to Modernism.
In the 1950’s and 1960’s composers had been writing music with more notes and atonality, which is the absence of key. Often the listener would not be able to hear a melody because of all the different instruments playing at once. In 1957 John Cage wrote 4’33, which has no notes, but instead features ambient noise for 4 minutes and 33 seconds. He also wrote a piece for two pianos in 1952 called Music for Two Pianos where he would put tape on the piano strings to make different noises.
In 1958 La Monte Young wrote Trio for Strings, which only featured three notes played by each string instrument. In 1959 Terry Riley wrote his piano work In C, which uses 53 short musical phrases that are repeated in any order over and over again. This piece started the minimalism movement by using only a few notes and repeating them.
In 1961 Steve Reich started writing his own pieces using loops of tape that would repeat over and over again while another loop is playing after it