Superb minimalist and music driven animation by kounterpart (yeah, i know the k should be reversed but it’s not a character in my webfont ffs) for the upcoming VA “Black Box One” on krux Records. Rendered in 3D, then filmed with a DSLR to add that certain look and feel to the rough Polygons. A glitchy execution of less is more with a lot of attention to detail.

FACTmag published this comprehensive look on Minimalism in music four years ago, however i just stumbled upon it while looking for something to post today. The article draws a bow from its classical roots via Ambient and Krautrock to the modern excrescences like Dub- and Detroit Techno.

Essential read. Here’s something to listen to while reading…

Connect dots with nodes, fire impulse through network, create loop, advance to next level.

That pretty much covers the basics of Cadence, developed by Peter Cardwell-Gardner aka Madewithmonsterlove. Well–almost. It’s the soothing experience that derives from triggering notes when an impulse hits a dot, creating minimalist melody patterns. At the moment there’s only one instrument but the to-do list includes further soundscapes to come. Cadence already got Greenlight at Steam, it’s planned for PC, Mac and iPad. A Unity3D based alpha for your browser is available here.

Catch up with Peter at Twitter

I think I’ll stick with the Minimalist theme for sundays. The 12 inch “Mixte” by Philippe Cam released in 2000 on Traum Schallplatten is a piece of uncanny, contemporary beauty. Especially Karine has been in playlist ever since. It simply works in any kind of context: be it Techno, Dubtechno or Ambient. A true, timeless masterpiece of modern Minimalism.


I’ll stick with Minimalism for this sunday, just like last week, but with a different approach by Manuel Goettsching. Originally released in 1975 as Ash Ra Tempel, “Inventions for Electric Guitar” was his first solo work re-issued in 2011 under his name. The album featured only three tracks, and even though often labelled as Krautrock imho it’s really a great guitar-based exploration of Minimalism.

There’s no way around Steve Reich when it comes to Minimalism in music. Composed in 1973, this is my favourite of his works. Played by Jeroen Van Veen and friends, it’s just perfect for a sunday morning. 15 minutes of alternating sequences, floating through changes in contrast and color.