The minimalist movement in music began in the 1970s as a much-needed response to a complexity that had long ago come to sound like randomness to any but the most gifted and highly-trained musical ears.
The problem with early minimalism is that it didn't fully reward our attention. It was good for background music. A little too close to elevator music.
Enter John Adams, the maximal minimalist. Don't worry about boring!
Listen to A Short Ride in a Fast Machine
John Adams is 71 years old today.
Want an encore? Try Lollapalooza
Josh Mitteldorf, a senior editor at OpEdNews, blogs on aging at http://JoshMitteldorf.ScienceBlog.com. Read how to stay young at http://AgingAdvice.org.
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