Advertisement

‘Escape and Build another World’: Relocations in Classical Minimalism and Minimal Techno

  • Isabel Stoppani de Berrié
Chapter
  • 127 Downloads
Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Abstract

In this chapter I discuss the relationship between two musical minimalisms: the minimal techno which developed in Detroit during the early 1990s and the more ‘classical’ form of minimalism belonging to composers in downtown New York, especially Manhattan, during the 1960s. Initially, by returning to the early manifestations of each, now seen as ‘classics,’ I demonstrate how these two traditions intertwine at their roots, before examining their subsequent interaction, as more mature and diverse artforms, in the 1990s and later. By looking at the reworkings by techno DJs of classical minimalist works, and vice versa, I aim to bring into relief cultural differences between the different performance media, spaces, and geographical heritages of each. I document the tension between the universalist hopes of minimalist artists of various kinds, on the one hand, and the persistence of genre distinctions on the other. The latter remain relevant due to the continuing use of critical concepts which contribute to the maintenance of hierarchical boundaries between the classical and techno spheres and corresponding modes of consumption.

Keywords

Classical Music Popular Music City Life Record Company Symphony Orchestra 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Works cited

  1. Ankeny, Jason. ‘Artist biography of Terry Riley’, http://www.legacyrecordings.com/a/#/artist/terry-riley/1137/ (accessed 03 September 2014).Google Scholar
  2. Chamberlin, Daniel (2003). http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2003–09–18/ music/ party–arty/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  3. Che, Deborah (2009). Chapter 15, ‘Techno: Music and entrepreneurship in post-Fordist Detroit’, in Ola Johansson and Thomas L. Bell (eds), Sound, Society and the Geography of Popular Music, p. 267.Google Scholar
  4. Cox, Christoph (1999). ‘Remix and match’, http://www.thefreelibrary.com/Remix+and+match.-a054169953 (accessed 03 September 2014).
  5. Cox, Christoph and Warner, Daniel (2004). Introduction to Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (New York: Continuum).Google Scholar
  6. Eeles, Cameron (2006). ‘Jeff Mills-Blue potential’, http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=3883 (accessed 03 September 2014).
  7. Fink, Robert (2002). ‘Elvis everywhere: Musicology and popular music studies at the twilight of the canon’, in Roger Beebe, Denise Fulbrook and Ben Saunders (eds), Rock over the Edge: Transformations in Popular Music Culture (Durham, NC: Duke University Press).Google Scholar
  8. Gann, Kyle (2006, 01 January), Kyle (2006, 01 January). ‘Totalism as a new rhythmic paradigm’, Arts Journal, http://www.artsjournal.com/postclassic/2006/01/totalism_as_a_new_rhythmic_par.html (accessed 02 October 2014).
  9. Hewett, Ivan (2012, 31 October), Ivan (2012, 31 October). ‘Vivaldi remixed: Classical music reinvents itself, the telegraph’, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/ classicalmusic/9634354/ Vivaldi-remixed-classical-music-reinvents-itself. html (accessed 01 June 2013).
  10. Klein, Joshua and Steve Reich (2006). http://pitchfork.com/features/ interviews/6490-steve-reich/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  11. Large, Pete. Interview with Brandt Bauer Frick, IDOL Magazine. http://idolmag.co.uk/music-interview/ brandt-brauer-frick (accessed 03 September 2014).
  12. Lawrence, Tim (2009). Hold onto Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973–1992, First Edition (Duke University Press Books).CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Naylor, Tony (2008). ‘The strange, lingering death of minimal techno’. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2008/oct/07/death.minimal.techno. house (Accessed 02 September 14).
  14. Oteri, Carl (2010). ‘A conversation with Robert Carl, author of Terry Riley’s In C’, http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/A-Conversation-with-Robert-Carl-author-of-Terry-Rileys-In-C/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  15. Pitera, Dan (July 2010). ‘Detroit: Syncopating an urban landscape,’ Places Journal. https://placesjournal.org/article/detroit-syncopating-an-urban-landscape/ (accessed 19 October 2014).Google Scholar
  16. Pope, Richard (2011). ‘Hooked on an affect: Detroit techno and dystopian digital culture’, Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture 2(1), pp. 24–44.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Raven, Ben (2008). ‘Magda: Minimal techno is mainstream’, http://news.beatport.com/blog/2008/08/19/minimal-techno-is-mainstream/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  18. Reynolds, Simon (2008). Energy Flash: A Journey Through Rave Music and Dance Culture, Picador.Google Scholar
  19. Ross, Alex [Untitled] (2006) http://www.stevereich.com/articles/Alex_Ross.html (accessed 03 September 2014).
  20. Rutherford-Johnson, Tim (2013, 27 March). ‘The influence engine: Steve Reich and pop music’, New Music Box, http://www.newmusicbox.org/articles/the-influence-engine-steve-reich-and-pop-music/ (accessed 01 June 13).
  21. Sande, Kiran (2010). ‘A brief history of minimalism’, http://www.factmag.com/2010/02/01/ a-brief-history-of-minimalism/2/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  22. Savage, Jon (1993). ‘Machine soul: A history of techno,’ http://music.hyperreal.org/library/machine_soul.html (accessed 03 September 2014).
  23. Sherburne, Philip (2004). ‘Digital discipline: Minimalism in house and techno’, in Christoph Cox and Daniel Warner (eds), Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (New York: Continuum).Google Scholar
  24. Sicko, Dan (2010). Techno Rebels: The Renegades of Electronic Funk. (Detroit: Wayne State University Press).Google Scholar
  25. Stolman, Elissa (2012). ‘QandA: Robert Hood on techno, minimalism and reviving Detroit’, http://www.cmj.com/feature/qa-robert-hood/ (accessed 03 September 2014).Google Scholar
  26. Strickland, Edward (1993). Minimalism: Origins (Bloomington: Indiana University Press).Google Scholar
  27. Tingen, Paul. Steve Reich: City Life (Interview (1995). http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/1995_articles/aug95/stevereich.html (accessed 03 September 2014)
  28. Toland, Justin (2011). ‘Villalobos/Loderbauer Re: ECM’, Factmag http://www.factmag.com/2011/07/11/ricardo-villalobos-max-lodebauer-re-ecm/ (accessed 03 September 2014).
  29. Vecchiola, C. (2011). ‘Submerge in Detroit: Techno’s creative response to urban crisis’, Journal of American Studies 45(1), pp. 95–111.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  30. Walters, John L (2011). ‘Brandt Bauer frick say you can get (slightly) Jiggy with it’, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/aug/04/brandt-brauer-frick-interview (accessed 03 September 2014).Google Scholar
  31. Want, Christopher. Minimalism, Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press http://www.oxfordartonline.com/subscriber/article/grove/art/ T058397 (accessed 26 October 2014).

Concert and publisher listings

  1. Chadburn, Leo (2012). Music for Umpteen Musicians: Steve Reich Interviewed http://thequietus.com/articles/ 09261-steve-reich-interview-2 (accessed 03 September 2014)
  2. Listing on the ECM Records website http://player.ecmrecords.com/villalobos_loderbauer/cms/project (accessed 03 September 2014)
  3. Reich Remixed, listing on Nonesuch record label website http://www.nonesuch.com/albums/reich-remixed (accessed 03 September 2014)
  4. Southbank Centre events listing http://ether.southbankcentre.co.uk/5/events/the-brandt-brauer-frick-ensemble/ (accessed 02 September 2014, no longer accessible)
  5. City Life, publisher listing http://www.boosey.com/cr/music/Steve-Reich-City-Life/5922 (accessed 03 September 2014)

DVDs and documentaries

  1. Detroit Techno City, 2001. http://youtu.be/fsSMnnJ_YgI (accessed 26 October 2014)
  2. Detroit, the Blueprint of Techno, MuchMusic, 1998Google Scholar
  3. Hi-Tech Soul: The Creation of Techno Music, dir. Gary Bredow, Plexi Film, 2006 Journeys with Max Richter, dir. Yulia Mahr (exerpt from an ongoing project) http://youtu.be/pggJlsbmhtQ (accessed 26 October 2014)
  4. Music is a Place (Interview with Philip Glass), Brian Ritchie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSoRty8LmN4 (accessed 03 September 2014)Google Scholar
  5. Universal Techno, Arte, 1996Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Isabel Stoppani de Berrié 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Stoppani de Berrié

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations