Minimalism in Rock Music

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    Wow, finding so much interesting new stuff here, thanks for the thread @loopfinding!

    Not sure if these qualify, but this one is very retro-droney with the bass, and that wha pedal is straight out of 1968



    which immediately reminded me of:



    both kind of lo-fi stoner drone i guess lol
     
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    Very interesting thread!

    Minimalism is one brand of 'serious' contemporary music that crosses over well into more popular genres.
    A few decades back, I had the pleasure of touring Russia with Terry Riley. The Moscow performance of 'In C' was a hoot.

    Some great examples of the Minimalist ethic above, in various strains.
    Another example that springs to mind is "Remain in light" by Talking heads.
    There are so many illustrations of minimal change in other musics - not least of which appear in other cultures - Indonesian Gamelan for one. And as shown above, early Blues artists were not afraid to hang on a groove: "John the Revelator', & many others...

    There are still many other ways to explore the concept of gradually shifting limited elements of sound while keeping others constant. Good luck with the search!
     
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    Hate to toot my own horn but maybe this ....


     
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    The Police have always sounded pretty minimalist to me. Just a guitar, bass, drums, and vox. The guitar was always rhythmic, never too flashy, and not tracked to death.
     
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    sort of annoying if it's not live in front of you, but i'd say it qualifies

     
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    Lungfish's whole catalog seems to be based on this premise.i think rainbows from atoms had some key changes but it was super rare for them to change riffs in a song at all.
     
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    I'm amazed at some of the replies here - minimalism is a matter of opinion, clearly!

    I was equally amazed no-one's mentioned The Motels' debut LP.
    Jeff Jourard is the KING of minimalism. For everybody who thinks they know "Total Control", I say give it another listen and tell me where the guitar is? The whole album is a gift of minimalism.
    YMMV, DD
     
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    If Shellac is allowed, then this probably works too. Maybe too rock and not minimal enough?

    My Disco's work has gotten more and more minimalist. In fact, their current sound is nothing like the track I'm about to post. But this is the perhaps too rockin' song "Young". Saw them live and was blown away.




    edit to add: Big Brave: not minimal, per se, but hypnotic




    Maybe some of Henry Flynt's work, too?

     
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    Not strictly minimalist, but these newer bands definitely use the tricks of the trade in their songs.



     
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    oh cool, nah, this is perfect for the vibe. haven’t checked out this band before. I would say some of the newer stuff of theirs you’re talking about is less minimal in the historic sense and in the literal sense.
     
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    Well to be fair the term has been hijacked a bit. Now when people think of minimalism they think of modern home decor, rooms with little stuff in them, and pseudo ikebana looking plants. If you listen to something like dance no. 3 by glass or look at a sol lewitt piece, minimalism can be very busy. I would say it’s more just about limited sets of simple units and making tapestries out of them. since popular music always needs some vocals, it probably won’t get you 100% of the way most of the time, but a lot of bands do use it in a more strict sense riding underneath.
     
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    Getting away from rock a bit, but here’s one adjacent

     
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    The lack of melody in pop/rock music is why more modern music in this genre does not appeal to me. I’ve listened to experimental or avante garde music for 50 years but, like symphonic music, it has its place and top of the pops ain't the place!
     
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