Minimalism is a style of music which originated in the west coast of america in the 1960s.
It often feautures
- layers of ostinati
- Constantly repeated patterns, which are subjected to gradual changes
- Layered textures
- Interlocking repeated phrases and rhythms
- Diatonic harmony
The combined effect can be almost hypnotic. Diatonic - using the notes which belong to the key instead of chromatic notes, which are outside of the key. Ostinati - Rhythmic, harmonic, melodic patterns, repeated many times.
Born in 1936, listened to african drumming and gamelan music