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Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers’s Bloom

Menu screen (left) and user interface (right) for Brian Eno and Peter Chilvers’s iPhone application Bloom.

“YOU REALLY HATE MINIMALISM,” sighed my friend Wayne, as he looked over the latest stack of CDs I had brought in for trade to his store. Do I? I had never formulated such an opinion. But if anyone knows your musical tastes better than you, it’s the buyer of used CDs at your trusted local record shop. I looked at the stack he was busy sorting: Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Adams, as well as a group of less famous, but equally influential, minimalist and postminimalist composers championed by excellent independent labels like XI Records, Table of the Elements, and Lovely Music. Could I deny it? “No, you can’t. You’ve been bringing me these records for years!”

Fair enough. And yet there are recordings I treasure by Meredith Monk and Terry Riley—Key (1970) and Our Lady of Late (1974) by the former; Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band: All Night Flight (1968) and

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