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A part of me has become immortal, out of my control.
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After the concert, several people told me that it had them crying on the first few bars.
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Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable.
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All these songs have no meaning that I invested in them. Meanings can be generated within their own framework.
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As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me.
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At the beginning of the 20th century, the ambition of the great painters was to make paintings that were like music, which was then considered as the noblest art.
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Avant-garde music is sort of research music. You're glad someone's done it but you don't necessarily want to listen to it.
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Classical music is founded on a very clear distinction between music and noise. In rock, as in electronic music, these barriers are coming down.
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Computers are so badly designed!
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Digital guitar is a guitar threaded through a digital delay but fed back on itself a lot so it makes this cardboard tube type sound.
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Each individual stays on their own territory. That's what it was like on most of my collaborations.
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Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick.
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First of all, I never had the impression that I was always having to fight against everyone else. I have always had friends who supported me, or pretended to!
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For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be. So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
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For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.
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Here's nature, the fabric of things, and the amount of interference you need to make can sometimes be very small.
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I always use the same guitar; I got this guitar years and years ago for nine pounds. It's still got the same strings on it.
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I am full of ideas, and I want to have the language to translate that idea and go faster. If you don't really nourish your work, you're at a dead end.
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I couldn't expect any of the session people I worked with to go along with my music. They literally fought.
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I describe things in terms of body movements. I dance a bit to describe what sort of movement it ought to make, and that's a good way of talking to musicians. Particularly bass players.
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I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind.
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I don't try to make something happen, with the risk of finding myself at a loss.
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I don't want it to be just one voice in most cases, I want it to be a group of synchronized voices.
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I enjoy working with complicated equipment. A lot of my things started just with a rhythm box, but I feed it through so many things that what comes out sounds very complex and rich.
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I felt extremely uncomfortable as the focal point, in the spotlight. I really like the behind the scenes role, because all my freedom is there.
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I get an idea of how the words will fall and what their function be rhythmically, so I start singing or placing the syllables, and they're just nonsense at the beginning. Then certain types of sounds will emerge.
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I had a lot of trouble with engineers, because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view, and then learning how to perform that function.
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I had wanted a tape recorder since I was tiny. I thought it was a magic thing. I never got one until just before I went to art school.
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I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it!
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I hate to be blocked. But I know I won't try to zigzag between difficulties.
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I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new. I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything.
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I have lived in countries that were coming out of conflict: Ireland, South Africa, the Czech republic. People there are overflowing with energy.
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I have these tricks and techniques which were first conceived as a way of defeating self-consciousness about writing lyrics, and because I don't have anything to say in the usual sense.
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I imagine in advance the music we could make. What path are we going to take? This one or that one? I need to think about multiple directions.
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I often work by avoidance.
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I see myself often maneuvering to maintain mobility. My whole kind of selling thing is so uncoordinated and clumsy.
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I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium.
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I take sounds and change them into words.
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I think generally playing live is a crap idea. So much of stage work is the presentation of personality, and I've never been interested in that.
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I thought it was magic to be able to catch something identically on tape and then be able to play around with it, run it backwards; I thought that was great for years.
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I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music: the voice.
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I was aiming for impersonal music, without contrast. This was because the airport music I had heard always had a human voice singing, which I found very irritating.
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I went to Africa. I worked with lots of musicians over there, made a lot of recordings in Africa. Back in New York, I had to leave things as they were. This music existed without me.
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I'm more into the sort of puppet thing, as if you're strung up somehow.
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I'm not interested in possible complexities. I regard song structure as a graph paper.
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I'm very good with technology, I always have been, and with machines in general. They seem not threatening like other people find them, but a source of fun and amusement.
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I've discovered this new electronic technique that creates new speech out of stuff that's already there.
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I've never really had any expectation for any albums to be hits. I do what I do regardless.
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If I had a stock of fabulous sounds I would just always use them. I wouldn't bother to find new ones.
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If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender.
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If you watch any good player, they're using different parts of their body and working with instruments that respond to those movements. They're moving in many dimensions at once.
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If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.
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In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format. Tracks were getting longer, or much, much shorter.
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It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.
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Most bands release an album, and then the next one, and then the next one, and there's this linear thing. I still retain the option of moving around.
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Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way.
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Music in itself carries a whole set of messages which are very, very rich and complex, and the words either serve to exclude certain ones or point up certain others.
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Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
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My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on: when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.
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My lung collapsed. I went into the hospital and didn't play any music for six weeks. It's not very creative.
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My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing.
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My position in Roxy Music was always halfway between the musical and the theoretical. I was never the sort of person who could sit down at the piano and hammer out a song.
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Nearly all the things I do that are of any merit at all start off just being good fun, and I think I'm sort of building up to doing something else quite soon.
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One of the interesting things about having little musical knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes; you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better.
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People assume that the meaning of a song is vested in the lyrics. To me, that has never been the case. There are very few songs that I can think of where I remember the words.
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People wanted to create a sound world using the studio, and not just to tell a story.
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Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one!
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Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.
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The basis of computer work is predicated on the idea that only the brain makes decisions and only the index finger does the work.
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The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important.
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The music sounds very emotional, but the emotions are confused, they're not straightforward: in things that are very uptempo and frenzied, there's nearly always a melancholy edge.
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The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences.
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The preoccupations that manifest are not ones that you're necessarily conscious of at any earlier point.
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The reason I don't tour is that I don't know how to front a band. What would I do? I can't really play anything well enough to deal with that situation.
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We are increasingly likely to find ourselves in places with background music. No composers have thought to write for these modern spaces, which represent 30% of our musical experience.
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What people call unemotional just doesn't have a single overriding emotion to it. The things that I like best are the ones that ambiguous on the emotional level.
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When I first left Roxy Music, the obvious future was a kind of solo career fronting a band, and I even started trying to do that.
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When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me.
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When I went back to England after a year away, the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale, stifled by the weight of tradition.
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When you study music in the classical system, you are always on the inside. When someone is composing a song, they write in C minor, or with a diminished seventh... to offset that, you need a lateral approach.
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Zen methods, breaking habits, that makes people mad. My way is the opposite of that. I have always learnt things out of fascination.
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Brian Eno attends a press conference and photo-call for 'Luminous' at Sydney Opera House

2009-05-26

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