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Repeating Ourselves

American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice

Robert Fink

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Musik

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Where did musical minimalism come from—and what does it mean? In this significant revisionist account of minimalist music, Robert Fink connects repetitive music to the postwar evolution of an American mass consumer society. Abandoning the ingrained formalism of minimalist aesthetics, Repeating Ourselves considers the cultural significance of American repetitive music exemplified by composers such as Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. Fink juxtaposes repetitive minimal music with 1970s disco; assesses it in relation to the selling structure of mass-media advertising campaigns; traces it back to the innovations in hi-fi technology that turned baroque concertos into ambient "easy listening"; and appraises its meditative kinship to the spiritual path of musical mastery offered by Japan's Suzuki Method of Talent Education.

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repetitive music, america, popular music studies, musicology, mass consumerism, consumer society, nonfiction, terry riley, steve reich, minimalism, minimal music, mass media, revisionist account, advertising campaigns, musical minimalism, philip glass, music and culture, postwar america, easy listening, united states, music historians, disco, cultural practices, american music, hi fi technology, music studies, musicians, minimalist aesthetics