I compose minimalist electronic music, released online since 2010.
In minimalism, only the fundamental elements of a work of architecture, 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 in the traditional sense, 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 is created in.
Minimalism is a polarizing concept. It is polarizing because most people are accustomed to, and certainly expect, certain elements in music. My work challenges and breaks down preconceived notions of what music should be and liberates the mind...
…because from a certain point of view, music can exist as an abstract structure constructed with notes, not primarily an expression of emotions or feelings. The impetus to create this structure is unlike the Romantic notion of artist seeking moments of inspiration. Rather, the work is craft that is constantly honed and hearkens to the Classical period. Additionally, ideals from Classical antiquity such as clarity, form, restraint, simplicity, are the driving forces behind my tracks.
My current work has similarities to music of the Classical period with its hallmarks ever-present: balance, symmetry, transparency, and a clear hierarchy among the parts. These concepts are reformulated utilizing FM synthesis and electronic drums as a vision of the future. The most modern form of music remains beat-driven electronic music, and fused together with Classical ideals, the result can be described as 21st century Neoclassicism.
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 60 kg
Location: Irvine, CA-USA
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