Friday, November 7, 2008

Minimal- I bet you had no idea.

Minimal techno is a form of electronic dance music (EDM) that is considered a minimalist sub-genre of techno. It is characterized by a stripped-down aesthetic that exploits the use of repetition, and understated development. This style of dance music production generally adheres to the motto less is more; a principle that has been previously utilized, to great effect, in architecture, design, visual art, and Western art music. The tradition of minimalist aesthetics in Western culture can be traced to the German Bauhaus movement (1919 to 1933). Minimal techno is thought to have been originally developed in the early 1990s by Detroit based producers Robert Hood and Daniel Bell.

In an essay published in the book Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (2004), music journalist and critic Philip Sherburne, asserts that minimal techno uses two specific stylistic approaches, one being skeletalism, and the other massification. According to Sherburne, in skeletal minimal techno, only the core elements are included with embellishments used only for the sake of variation within the song. In contrast, massification is a style of minimalism in which many sounds are layered over time, but with little variation in sonic elements. Today the influence of minimal styles of House music and Techno are not only found in club music, but becoming more commonly heard in popular music. Regardless of the style, minimal Techno corkscrews into the very heart of repetition" so cerebrally as to often inspire descriptions like 'spartan', 'clinical', 'mathematical', and 'scientific.

Artists and labels
Notable artists include Daniel Bell, Ben D, Terrence Dixon, Richie Hawtin (a.k.a. Plastikman),Uto Karem, Ricardo Villalobos, Luca Bacchetti, Mika Vainio, Maurizio (Basic Channel), Jeff Mills, Paulo Nascimento, Steve Bug, Luciano (Lucien Nicolet), Robert Hood, Troy Pierce (a.k.a. Louderbach),Samuel & Kronn, Sleeparchive (Roger Semsroth), Sutekh (Seth Horvitz), Minimal: Impossible (Tom O'Hara), Dj Ivanoff, Raresh (Romania), Trentemøller (Denmark), Premutos (Italy), Stephan Bodzin & Oliver Huntemann.

Some record labels specializing in minimal techno are M nus,Minibus, Cadenza,Agile recordings, Sei Es Drum, Perlon, Cocoon Recordings,Minitec Series, Poker Flat Recordings, Underline, Plus8, 90wattsrecords, Foundsound, Sähkö Recordings, Force Inc, Kompakt, Trapez, Tenax Recordings, Wagon Repair, Revolver Canada, Kaliber, Rekorder.

NOTE: If you didn't make the list, you suck!

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