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#1
I've been listening to a bit of minimalism lately such as Philip Glass and Terry Riley, and while I like their stuff, I'd like to hear this genre on the guitar.

I was wondering if anyone could recommend any minimalist guitar players that they enjoy listening to.
Greenfinger182
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#2
Not a guitar player necessarily, but Godspeed You Black Emperor does some incredible things with minimalism. Their entire "F#A# Infinity" album was incredible, especially the first two tracks.
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Tyrus97
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#3
well im not exactly sure wat minimalism is defined as but from the sounds of it i think a good example would be david gilmour. in his solos especially. hes really choosy about the notes he plays
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#4
I've argued with people before about this but I consider Rammstein to be minimalist. their songs are usually only a few chords and there's a lot of down time. Best example would be du hast i suppose. I don't know if you're looking for something a bit lighter but I thought I would at least throw it out there.
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#5
Well I'm not sure by definition but by my standards I would say Kurt Cobain and Daron Malakian are both minimalist guitarists. So try bands like Nirvana and Scars On Broadway. I love both bands by the way, sometimes minimalism just sounds so right.
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#6
The way I see it, minimalism seems like more of an approach to writing music, like a philosophy, so I guess any genre can be have minimalistic features. I'll look into Rammstein but I guess I'm looking for stuff that's a bit lighter - that I can directly compare with composers such as Terry Riley.
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#7
The Velvet Underground. Look up some No Wave bands, like Mars, DNA, and Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Shellac would be worth looking up.
Punk Rock is very minimalistic music too.
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#8
you like Philip Glass?

sweet!

I had to listen to one of his pieces in music appreciation (I think it was called "Island"), and the reason i like it is because the piece came right after Charles Ives' "Fourth of July", which is a VERY dissonant piece (at least, the version I heard), and to hear something like "Islands" after a dissonant noise-fest that is "Fourth of July" is very relaxing to me.

anyway, I would look into grunge and punk.
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#9
Glenn Branca wrote music for guitar orchestras that was maximalist in terms of the number of guitars (litterally hundreds sometimes) and volume, but used lots of ideas from serialism. He was 1980s i think, so i guess a contemporary of steve reich.

EDIT: oh, you didn't mention steve reich, have you heard Electric Counterpoint?
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#12
Quote by Sikend1
I've argued with people before about this but I consider Rammstein to be minimalist. their songs are usually only a few chords and there's a lot of down time. Best example would be du hast i suppose. I don't know if you're looking for something a bit lighter but I thought I would at least throw it out there.

True.

I would say that when Trent Reznor of NIN plays guitar (and chooses to make it sound like a guitar), you can tell he's not playing any more notes than the song is asking for.

There's really like 5 guitar solos altogether in his catalog of about 250 (?) rock songs and even then the solos are very simple and melodic.
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#15
Electric Counterpoint is a good one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IwFvKQGg4aY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mF5TuWTro4

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwDXofEo4tc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNlU0zA8zOU

all examples of guitar playing with obvious minimalist influence

That said, I can't really think of anybody who's given minimalist techniques (phasing, additive rhythm and melody, this idea of 'music as a gradual process') a proper and thorough application within rock or guitar-based music


EDIT: did not realise this thread was so old lol
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