As a small thought exercise, I decided to list my current favorite music:
- Music for 18 Musicians. Steve Reich
- Music in Twelve Parts. Philip Glass
- A Room. John Cage
- Scircura. Chas Smith
- Well, You Needn't. Thelonius Monk. Especially the version with John Coltrane.
- John McLaughlin. Miles Davis. The song from Bitches Brew, not the musician, although he is good too.
- The Wire. Alvin Lucier
- Violin Concerto No.1. Robert Kyr
- Radar Love. Golden Earring. 70s nostalgia.
The common pattern I think among at least the top of the above list is timbre and pulse.
That jives with the Philip Glass that I like which tends to have the more interesting textures, amidst all the repetition. And this may also explain why I'm not all that enamored by the music of Morton Feldman with its lack of forward movement.