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There's a wealth of listening available nowadays, especially with the advent of streaming services. Along with pop, metal and rock, there's two more musical styles which are gaining popularity: serialism and minimalism. Both styles allow for deep listening, or just a casual glance, but there's more to them than meets the eye.

Serialism is based on the 12 tone chromatic scale. Composers such as Bela Bartok first started moving music in this direction, but it was perfected by Arnold Schoenberg, who is considered the father of the genre. Minimalism was first associated with visual art after the second world war, where the artist uses very little materials and the art is very sparse. In the 1960's composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams adapted the concept to music.

To get started with minimalism, listen to composers Terry Riley, Steve Reich and Philip Glass.

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