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#882 John Cage

I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the use of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard. Photoelectric, film and mechanical mediums for the synthetic production of music will be explored. .

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#883 John Cage

"Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we .

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#884 John Cage

I have nothing to say/ and I am saying it/ and that is poetry/ as I need it. .

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#885 John Cage

We need not destroy the past. It is gone. .

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#886 John Cage

I remember loving sound before I ever took a music lesson. And so we make our lives by what we love. .

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#887 John Cage

A finished work is exactly that, requires resurrection. .

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#888 John Cage

I imagine that as contemporary music goes on changing in the way that I'm changing it what will be done is to more and more completely liberate sounds from abstract ideas about them and more and more exactly to let them be physically uniquely themselves. This means for me: knowing more and more not what I think a sound is but what it actually is in all of its acoustical details and then letting this sound exist, itself, changing in a changing sonorous environment. .

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#889 John Cage

Adoes not view itself as thought, as ought, as needing another sound for its elucidation, as etc.; it has not time for any consideration--it is occupied with the performance of its characteristics: before it has died away it must have made perfectly exact its frequency, its loudness, its length, its overtone structure, the precise morphology of these and of itself. .

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#890 John Cage

Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music. .

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#891 John Cage

Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school? Are the people inside the school musical and the ones outside unmusical? .

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#892 John Cage

I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, "You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through." I said, "Well then, I'll beat my head against that wall." I quite literally began hitting things, and developed a music of percussion that involved noises. .

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#893 John Cage

“What I'm proposing, to myself and other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude - that you act as though you've never been there before. So that you're not supposed to know anything about it. If you really get down to brass tacks, we have never been anywhere before.” .

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#894 John Cage

"Art's purpose is to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens." .

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#895 John Cage

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. .

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#896 John Cage

Value judgments are destructive to our proper business, which is curiosity and awareness. .

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#897 John Cage

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency. .

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#898 John Cage

They say, "you mean it's just sounds?" thinking that for something to just be a sound is to be useless, whereas I love sounds just as they are, and I have no need for them to be anything more than what they are. I don't want them to be psychological. I don't want a sound to pretend that it's a bucket or that it's president or that it's in love with another sound. I just want it to be a sound. .

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#38740 Georges Bizet

As a musician I tell you that if you were to suppress adultery, fanaticism, crime, evil, the supernatural, there would no longer be the means for writing one note. .

Georges Bizet Quotes about writing
#38741 Georges Bizet

Ah, music! What a beautiful art! But what a wretched profession! .

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#40965 Aaron Copland

For me, the most important thing is the element of chance that is built into a live . The very great drawback of recorded sound is the fact that it is always the same. No matter how wonderful ais, I know that I couldn't live with it--even of my own --with the same nuances forever. .

Aaron Copland Quotes about men
#40966 Aaron Copland

I hope my recordings of my own works won't inhibit other people's performances. The brutal fact is that one doesn't always get the exact tempo one wants, although one improves with experience. .

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#40967 Aaron Copland

If the listener does eventually come to the point where he makes the ultimate performance by splicing tapes from other musicians' recordings, he will eventually become just as bored with it as with other recordings, for it will still always be the same. Look, for instance, at electronic music. The boys are already becoming bored with what they do because they put it irrevocably on tape. The best indication of this is that more and more they are mixing the live performance element with their tapes. .

Aaron Copland Quotes about music
#40968 Aaron Copland

I object tono matter how good it is. Composers want people to listen to their music, they don't want them doing something else while their music is on. I'd like to get the guy who sold all those big businessmen the idea of putting music in the elevators, for he was really clever. What on earth good does it do anybody to hear those four or eight bars while going up a few flights. .

Aaron Copland Quotes about art
#40969 Aaron Copland

I adore extravagance but I abhor waste. .

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#40970 Aaron Copland

I don't compose. I assemble materials. .

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#40971 Aaron Copland

Somehow, suddenly, a musical idea occurs to you; either a whole phrase, or three notes, or a series of chords, something that seems pregnant with possibilities for development. Once you have the kinds of ideas that fascinate you, you're no longer in a position to decide the nature of the animal. It's going to take its essence from the musical ideas that occur to you....Some musical ideas are too short, they don't seem long enough to carry you through ten minutes of music, so you have to start searching about for other ideas; contrasting ones that seem to fit with the original ones. .

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#40972 Aaron Copland

So long as the human spirit thrives on this planet, music in some living form will accompany and sustain it. .

Aaron Copland Quotes about music
#40973 Aaron Copland

If you want to know about the Sixties, play the music of The Beatles. .

Aaron Copland Quotes about music
#41653 Edgard Varese

Everyone is born with genius, but most people only keep it a few minutes. .

Edgard Varese Quotes about people
#41654 Edgard Varese

Contrary to general belief, an artist is never ahead of his time but most people are far behind theirs. I was the first composer to explore, so to speak, musical outer space. .

Edgard Varese Quotes about time
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