La Monte Thornton Young (born October 14, 1935) is an American avant-garde composer, musician, and artist generally recognized as the first minimalist composer. His works are cited as notable examples of post-war experimental and contemporary music, and were tied to early Fluxus and performance art aesthetics. Young is best known for his pioneering work in Western drone music, prominently explored in the 1960s with his New York-based experimental music collective, the Theatre of Eternal Music.
Despite having released a notoriously small quantity of recorded output throughout his career (much of it remaining out of print), Vulture described him as the most influential living composer today. The Observer wrote that his work has had "an utterly profound effect on the last half-century of music."