Friday, December 14, 2007

Minimalism, again

The composer Ron Kuivila has a knack for clarifying matters for me (and often for cheerfully mucking them all up again, but that's another post, another post) . He recently reminded me of an old definition of minimalism, the precise origins of which are obscure, but likely from the visual arts, that works for music (or film, or dance, or writing, or architecture, or cooking, or computer programming, etc.) as well:

Minimalism is the elimination of distractions.

Kuivila naturally turned that period into a spoken-out-loud "full stop". I'll add my "basta" and we can be done with it.

1 comment:

jon brenner said...

yes, i will write a short piano piece for the winter collection.