I compose minimalist electronic music, which I started in 1990.
In minimalism, only the fundamental elements of a piece of architecture, art, design, or music are present; there are no superficial embellishments. Similarly, my music is pared down to the basic structure of 1 or 2-bar musical units of drum beat, bassline, and a few melodic parts. I do not write songs or make albums, although Volumes contain a set of Sequences. Each Sequence progresses very subtly with slight variations and some bassline progressions are based on exotic musical scales. All the parts are monophonic with no chords. Not using chords completely (monumentally) changed how I think about composition.
Some equate minimalism with "modernism," however, some of the concepts in my music stem from classical Zen ideals. Minimalism, when executed the right way, exudes timelessness that reach far beyond the period a work of art is created in.
Minimalism is a difficult and polarizing concept. It is difficult and polarizing because most people are accustomed to, and certainly expect, certain elements in music. My work challenges and breaks down these preconceived notions of what music should be and liberates the mind.
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Education: BS Mathematics
Location: Irvine, CA-USA