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Modern Era (Minimalism)

Contemporary classical music is a term often applied to orchestral or chamber music compositions written today.  The sound is generally non-electronic using combinations of the instruments from the orchestra or symphony.  These are pieces that work well as contemporary soundtrack and will bring a modern sound to your project.  Compositions reflect the ambient, minimalist styles of composers like Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

stock-music-minimalism.jpgMinimal music is an aesthetic, a style, or a technique of music associated with the work of American composers La Monte Young, Terry Riley, Steve Reich, and Philip Glass. It originated in the New York Downtown scene of the 1960s and was initially viewed as a form of experimental music called the New York Hypnotic School. As an aesthetic, it is marked by a non-narrative, non-teleological, and non-representational conception of a work in progress, and represents a new approach to the activity of listening to music by focusing on the internal processes of the music, which lack goals or motion toward those goals.

Prominent features of the technique include consonant harmony, steady pulse (if not immobile drones), stasis or gradual transformation, and often reiteration of musical phrases or smaller units such as figures, motifs, and cells. It may include features such as additive process and phase shifting which leads to what has been termed phase music. Minimal compositions that rely heavily on process techniques that follow strict rules are usually described using the term process music.

The movement originally involved dozens of composers, although only five (Young, Riley, Reich, Glass, and later John Adams) emerged to become publicly associated with American minimal music. In Europe, the music of Louis Andriessen, Karel Goeyvaerts, Michael Nyman, Gavin Bryars, Steve Martland, Henryk Górecki, Arvo Pärt and John Tavener exhibits minimalist traits.

The UniqueTracks Stock Music Library is able to license these recordings for many different media uses.  You can configure your license right here on this website by choosing your usage type from the drop-down box when you click the "License/Buy this Track" link.

Streaming audition files include an audio 'watermark' and are mono, 16 bit, 128kbps .mp3 files.
The actual Master files are delivered to you with no watermark as stereo .wav files in CD quality 44.1kHz, 16 bit format.
  • Mint Green

  • Quiet Kissing (Solo Piano)

  • Thirteen (Piano Version)

  • Piano Duet No. 3

  • Piano Selection One

  • Orange 1

  • Orange 2

  • Orange 3

  • Violin Sonata - The High Line at Morning

  • Violin Sonata - The High Line at Night

  • Violin Sonata - The High Line at Day