La Monte Young
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1935-10-14
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La Monte Young

La Monte Young Biography (Wikipedia)

La Monte Thornton Young (born October 14, 1935) is an American avant-garde composer, musician, and artist generally recognized as the first minimalist composer. His works are cited as notable examples of post-war experimental and contemporary music, and were tied to New York's downtown music and Fluxus art scenes.

Initially inspired by sources such as Indian classical music, serialism, and jazz, Young is perhaps best known for his pioneering work in Western drone music (originally referred to as "dream music"), prominently explored in the 1960s with the experimental music collective the Theatre of Eternal Music. He has engaged in musical and multimedia collaborations with a wide range of artists, including Tony Conrad, Pandit Pran Nath, John Cale, Terry Riley, and visual artist Marian Zazeela, with whom he developed the Dream House sound and light installation.

Young's work has called into question the nature and definition of music. Despite having released very little recorded material throughout his career—much of it currently out of print—Vulture described him as the most influential living composer today. The Observer wrote that his work has had "an utterly profound effect on the last half-century of music." His evolving composition The Well-Tuned Piano, first conceived in 1964, has been characterized as "one of the great achievements of 20th-century music" by The Guardian.

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The Well Tuned Piano
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The Melodic Version (1984) of The Second Dream of The High-Tension Line Stepdown
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The Melodic Version (1984) of The Second Dream of The High-Tension Line Stepdown
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The Well Tuned Piano (excerpt)
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Pandit Pran Nath
Yaman Kalyan (extract)
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Yaman Kalyan (extract)
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Composition 1960
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Composition 1960
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The Well Tuned Piano (excerpt)
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The Well Tuned Piano (excerpt)
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The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer
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The Second Dream of the High Tension Line Stepdown Transformer
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B flat Dorian Blues
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B flat Dorian Blues
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For Brass (Excerpt)
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For Brass (Excerpt)
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