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Originally coined by minimal artist Steve Roden, lowercase is an extreme form of ambient minimalism in which very quiet sounds bookend long stretches of silence. Roden started the movement with an album entitled Forms of Paper, in which he made recordings of himself handling paper in various ways. These recordings were actually commissioned by the Hollywood branch of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Many artists have contributed to the lowercase movement, including electronic music pioneer and educator Kim Cascone, Tetsu Inoue and Bernhard Gunter.

Some of the labels that publish lowercase music include Trente Oiseaux, 12k, and raster-noton, which features famed composer Ryuichi Sakamoto in collaboration with Carsten Nicolai, a.k.a. Alva Noto.

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