- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press; 1st Paperback Edition edition (September 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520245504
- ISBN-13: 978-0520245501
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Repeating Ourselves: American Minimal Music as Cultural Practice 1st Paperback Edition Edition
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"The most important, and clearly that most culturally and theoretically informed, of any of the major studies on minimalism. No other book comes remotely close to establishing the historical links between early postmodernist Euro-American social changes. Fink's scholarship is as impeccable as his readings of minimalist compositions are stunningly insightful. Not least, the book is beautifully written." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"A model of interdisciplinary scholarship at its best. Repeating Ourselves is now the central study on both minimalism and on repetition. This is an excellent book, and very important indeed."Anahid Kassabian, author of Hearing Film
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To be succinct and utilitarian, if you are interested in a good study of Minimalism, what it is and its history, this is not a book for you. This is an academic musicological study of Minimalist music as seen in the context of social theory, which is the frustration and failure of the book. When Fink actually tackles what elements make the different pieces of music work, he is extremely smart and informative. However, the main goal of the book is to argue over a meaningless strawman, i.e. is Minimalist music an example of teleology or jouissance. What? Well, neither, which is the point.
Fink does explore connections between Minimalism, disco, repetition in advertising and the Suzuki method. These are variously successful and only slightly interesting. The similarities between them are superficial at best - the essential nature of Minimalist music is that it uses repetition in order to achieve musical transformation - what is repeated is itself constantly changing, which is the opposite of disco, the opposite of seeing the same ad over and over again, the opposite of the mass repetition in the Suzuki method. Since this is an academic study couched in social theory, it must work strenuously to 'discover' something that is both obvious and inconsequential in the world of lived experience. Frustrating.