My best friend, who I am going to be living with beginning in August, is a lover of minimalist music. Specifically, Phillip Glass and Steve Reich. He sometimes plays songs on the stereo that seem to go on for fifteen or twenty minutes with the same arpeggio repeated over and over again and nothing more. He also often plays such things on the piano, very loudly and with astonishing concentration. He can sit at the piano for fifteen minutes banging out the same Phillip Glass arpeggire, which drives everyone insane.
Now, I am not really concerned about his constant playing of the music (which I can always ask him to stop if it’s bothering me) as I am fascinated and intrigued by his ability to ENJOY said music. I can’t understand how anyone could enjoy minimalist music. It is widely criticized for being boring, repetitive, and pretentious, and I believe that these critics are correct. When I listen to music, I never want it to be predictable. I need to have something that stands out, whether that be a unique chord progression, a melodic bass line (Paul McCartney, Phil Lesh or Peter Cetera,) a driving beat (I love electronica like Wagon Christ and Mr. Scruff,) good lyrics (Pavement, Elvis Costello,) subtle acoustic melodies (Kings of Convenience,) clever hip-hop (Atmosphere,) just about any genre of music will have something that I enjoy. But I can’t fucking dig this minimalist thing. I don’t get the appeal. It is so repetitive and goes on for so long - what can this guy possibly be seeing in it?