Re: [dev] Suckless design in Games

From: Anh Hai Trinh <>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2010 21:35:48 +0700

On Wed, Aug 11, 2010 at 9:13 PM, Eivind Michael Skretting
<> wrote:
> Mozart and Chopin really have nothing to do with Minimalism. Some of Mozart's
> pieces are maybe light (but not all of them, like Don Giovanni or Kyrie
> Eleison from Requiem), and Chopin may be elegant, but Minimalism is a
> seperate genre of music, represented by composers like John Adams, Steve
> Reich and Philip Glass.
> One of the big differences is the theme development, Minimalists use
> none of the classical forms of Mozart or Chopin, but rather a repetitive
> form of slow progression.

You are technically right, but this "minimalism" is nothing more than
a name tag.

Opponents of Steve Reich & Philip Glass may say their music has
needless repetitions.

To contrast, consider Bach's Chaconne: "On one stave, for a small
instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and
most powerful feelings." Is this a minimalist piece, even when it's
15min long? As a former composition student, I would say it is.

I think the essence of minimalism is that one take away as much as one
possibly can.

It's interesting that in this meaning, minimalism is not just the
opposite of bloat, but also denotes some kind of balance.

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