Work / Music

Phill Niblock

In my mind it is always him and Eliane Radigue standing as the two tallest pillars of minimalist music. He’s put out a modestly sized catalog of world class, hypnotic, micro-tonal compositions written for a wide assortment of instruments from trombone to voice to hurdy-gurdy. While many of Niblock and Radigues’ contemporaries aimed to make “transcendental” music to transport the listener, they are the ones that really stand out and move me. But while Radigue’s interest in Buddhism gives her work a meditative “higher” feel, Niblock’s work is just so down-to-earth that it feels quite everyday, which seems to me was the prime objective of the minimalists in general.