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Minimalism in Rock Music

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by loopfinding, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. loopfinding

    loopfinding Friend of Leo's

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    Not like guitar-drum duos, or garage rock "minimalism." Not minimal equipment setups. Not stuff that's very quiet or with a lot of space in it.

    Minimalism more in the sense of Reich, Riley, Glass, etc. All that stuffy stuff.

    Repitition, small permutations, layering, shifting phase, etc.

    Jumping off of that thread with the Cannibal Corpse video, I noticed something about that track (Frantic Disembowelment) with the vocals removed - especially at around 1:48. It almost starts to sound like loops being triggered. Really interesting to hear. I almost want to hear it with all the sections ridden out uncomfortably long.

    For whatever reason, I always come back to really repetitive music. I often find myself taking short passages or phrases I think sound neat in some timbral way and just sitting there and hammering them out/changing them slightly for hours. When you do it enough times, it starts to become something else.

    Heavy repetition, ostinato-as-the-main-event, small changes etc. are obviously commonplace in dance music of all kinds. But a lot of different kinds of rock bands use it to some degree as a statement, though in general it feels like something that's reserved more for individual numbers and not so much an entire group or project. It seems like minimalism-adjacent stuff in popular music is kind of glossed over as an extension of plain old ostinato/vamp/etc.

    I'm wondering if you guys have any examples or favorites. Doesn't have to adhere strictly. I'd always like to hear more.

    I'll start with some obvious examples I can think of...



     
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    A lot of Catherine Wheel sounds like what you are describing, to me. It’s partly why they make good airplane/road music for me.
     
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    haha yeah, exactly
     
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    Cornelius messes around with this a lot



     
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    Nisennenmondai and Boredoms also come to mind



     
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    House music and trance
     
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    Pops up in heavier genres as well



     
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    It ain't rock, but I like it.



     
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    oh yeah and also kind of present in post rock of course



     
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    Minimalism!

     
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    Interesting stuff and a few that I recognize, but I do a lot of looping and these songs sound a lot like me while trying out some leads over a constant rhythm idea loop ... over and over until I find something to add or give up. It gives me hope.
     
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    Thank you for broaching this subject.

     
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    Hi.

    Ooh err, quite like this.

    Thanks.

    Pax/
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    That you there more, I wasn't sure about what you might find entertaining.





     
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