New Committee

Nominations for the 2013-2015 Committee were taken at the Fourth International Conference. Following a general election by the membership, the Committee is as follows:

  • John Pymm, Chair
  • Kay Potter, Secretary
  • Tristian Evans, Treasurer
  • Richard Glover, Newsletter Editor
  • Andy Lee, Webmaster
  • Maarten Beirens
  • Jonathan Bernard
  • Pwyll ap Sion
  • Paul Epstein
  • Robert Fink
  • Kyle Gann
  • Kerry O’Brien
  • Keith Potter

Congratulations to those who were selected, and thanks for participating in the vote.

Call for Papers – Fourth International Conference

Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Fourth International Conference on Music and Minimalism, jointly hosted by UCLA and the California State University, Long Beach on the campus of CSULB in Long Beach, CA, 3-6 October 2013.

All scholars interested in music and minimalism are invited to submit paper proposals. The conference welcomes all papers concerning minimalist and post-minimalist music as well as the many subsequent styles they inspired, and is committed to the broadest methodological scope, including analytical, historical, cultural, philosophical, composer-centric, and performance-oriented presentations. In honor of the conference’s West Coast location, the organizers would especially like to encourage papers (or session proposals) on the theme of “Minimalism and the Left (Coast),” including such topics as:

  • California minimalism (composers, labels, scenes, trends, institutions like the SF Tape Music Center, Cold Blue Recordings, etc.)
  • Minimalism and the Pacific Rim (Japan, China, East Asia)
  • Minimalism and Hollywood
  • Countercultural minimalism (minimalism, popular music, altered consciousness)
  • Minimalism and leftist (or rightist) politics (the 1960s and after)

The Society is also interested, as always, in new research on the core minimalist, post-minimalist, and “totalist” repertories; engagement with the work of lesser-known composers, especially from outside the USA, the United Kingdom, and Europe; and position papers on the larger implications of musical minimalism in contemporary world culture:

  • The minimalist and post-minimalist “core” repertoire (Young, Reich, Riley, Glass, Adams, etc.)
  • Minimalism outside the USA (Louis Andriessen, Simeon ten Holt, Gavin Bryars, Hans Otte, Eliane Radigue, Karel Goeyvaerts, Zoltan Jeney, Steve Martland, Kevin Volans, Jo Kondo, etc.)
  • Global minimalism and world music (minimalism in East and South Asia, Australasia, Africa, and Latin America; the influence of these and other non-Western musics on minimalist composers in the West)
  • Crucial but less public figures in the minimalist story: William Duckworth, Tony Conrad, Phil Niblock, Jon Gibson, Rhys Chatham, David Borden, Glenn Branca, Julius Eastman, Terry Jennings, John Luther Adams, Gavin Bryars, Rick Cox, Michael Jon Fink, Jim Fox, Peter Garland, Daniel Lentz, Ingram Marshall, Read Miller, Larry Polansky, David Rosenboom, Phillip Schroeder, Chas Smith, etc., etc.
  • Minimalism, opera, new music theater (Robert Wilson, George Coates, Mikel Rouse, Paul Dresher, Rinde Eckert, etc.) and dance (Anna Halprin, Lucinda Childs, Meredith Monk, etc.)
  • The significance of minimalist and post-minimalist music as cultural practice
  • Minimalism, space, ecology, the environment (ambient music, John Luther Adams, deep listening, etc.)
  • Minimalism, sexuality, and gender (female composers [Monk, Oliveros, Speech, Lockwood, Radigue, Ustvolskaya]; repetition, cyclic process, and gender; etc.)
  • Aesthetics/listening/analysis: discussions of the particular ways in which minimalism invites listening attitudes and their impact on music analysis
  • Minimalism, post-minimalism and their influence on contemporary music composition (see lecture recitals, below)
  • The performance practice of minimalism and post-minimalism (see lecture recitals below)

Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes) and themed sessions of 3-4 papers, as well as non-traditional sessions or events, such as listening environments or poster sessions.

For individual papers, abstracts containing a maximum of 400 words should be sent as email attachments, by February 1, 2013, to LongBeach2013@minimalismsociety.org. For themed sessions, please collate abstracts for the constituent papers and a short abstract of the session theme into a single document and submit as above. The conference is also happy to present lecture-recitals, including the possibility for composers and/or performers to present their own minimalism-related work. Those considering a proposal for a lecture-recital (or any other type of non-traditional session) are strongly encouraged to contact Robert Fink (rfink@ucla.edu) and Carolyn Bremer (carolyn.bremer@csulb.edu) as soon as possible in order to discuss their plans informally, prior to submitting a formal proposal.

More information will be posted here as details become available.

 

Formally Joining the Society

Those wishing to formally join the society may do so here. We are asking for those that were initially contacted via email about formalizing their membership to please register. Only those members that do register will be eligible to vote in the upcoming elections for the new committee.

Call for Papers Complete

Submissions for the 3rd International Conference have been received, and the committee will be evaluating them over the next several weeks.  We’ll be posting information on the papers and lecture-recitals as soon as everything is confirmed.

Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

You are kindly invited to submit proposals for the Third International Conference on Music and Minimalism, which will be held from 12-15 October 2011, at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Keynote speakers will be Louis Andriessen and Kyle Gann.

All scholars in this area are invited to submit papers. The conference welcomes all papers concerning minimalist music, American, European, and worldwide, as well as the many subsequent styles it inspired. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • The minimalist ‘core repertoire’ as frequently identified
  • European minimalisms: the various and often lesser-known minimalist and post-minimalist contributions from across Europe: Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Hans Otte, Eliane Radigue, Karel Goeyvaerts, Zoltan Jeney, Steve Martland, …
  • Especially encouraged are papers on crucial but less public figures such as Tony Conrad, Phill Niblock, Jon Gibson, Rhys Chatham, Julius Eastman, Terry Jennings, and so on.
  • Minimalist music in opera and music theatre
  • Minimalism today: how is minimalism, almost half a century after its historical ‘birth’, reflected in the recent musical output? Both continued minimalist concerns from longtime minimalist pioneers, and – particularly – the reception of minimalist aesthetics and composition techniques among younger generations of composers are welcomed here. (See also the remark about lecture-recitals, below)
  • The significance of minimalist and post-minimalist music as cultural practice
  • Aesthetics/listening/analysis: discussions of the particular ways in which minimalism invites listening attitudes and their impact on music analysis

Contributions are welcomed in the form of individual papers (20 minutes). Abstracts containing a maximum of 500 words should be sent as email attachments, by January 17, 2011, to 3rdminimalism[at]gmail[dot]com

The conference is also eager to present lecture-recitals, including the possibility for composers to present their own minimalism-related work. Those considering to submit a proposal for such a lecture-recital are strongly encouraged to contact Maarten Beirens ( 3rdminimalism[at]gmail[dot]com ) as soon as possible in order to discuss their plans informally, prior to submitting a proposal.

Welcome

Welcome to the new home of the Society for Minimalist Music.  Archived material from the 2007 Conference is now available on this site, and material from the 2009 Conference will be available soon.

The next conference will be held in the fall of 2011 in Leuven, Belgium, and things are already beginning to take shape.  Details on the upcoming conference will be made available as soon as we have them.  Hope to see you there!