Small assignment: Minimalism improvisation
Create a minimalist improvisation playing together in a group, gradually changing one rhythm to another.
Goal and output
Introduction to the minimalist style.
Active listening to others while focusing on keeping your own rhythm steady.
An improvised minimalist soundscape
- Use the diatonic scale.
- Have someone start a rhythmic ostinato and have the others join in one at a time, each with a different rhythm.
- Once everyone has been playing their ostinatos for a while, each may change in their own time to another ostinato with a different rhythm. The idea is that the overall rhythmic texture should gradually change into something else.
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