The term monkey thus refers to any simian that is not an ape.
Minimalism describes movements in various forms of art and design, especially visual art and music, where the work is reduced to its most fundamental features and core self expression.
Several composers associated with minimalism have disavowed the term, notably Philip Glass, who has reportedly said, "that word should be stamped out.
The term "minimalist" can also refer to anything which is spare, reduced to its essentials, providing only the outline of structure—independent of the particular art movement—or "minimalism," the tendency to reduce to fundamentals.
The advance of technology and globalization has led to that scenario in the realm of art music; minimalism is a style in which this confluence of styles is highly evident.
Minimalism differentiates from the "common practice" of European classical music in that it moved away from the relational and developmental aspects of music from 1600 to 1945.
A primary ethos of minimalism is its attempt to create an atmosphere of timelessness in which points of demarcation are avoided.
Philip Glass, a leading exponent of minimalism (and a former student of Darius Milhaud and Nadia Boulanger in Paris) achieved great success with his minimalist score for Godfrey Reggio's film, Koyaanisqatsi.