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A sound is something that you receive, but when you put sounds together, they are in a context. I smile when the sound is singing through the space.
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An electronic component can seem to have a personality very much in the same way I try to make loudspeakers have a special voice.
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As a pianist in the 50's and on into the 60's, I was using more and more electronic equipment in the performances.
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At one point John Cage needed a pianist, to perform not his own but someone else's music.
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At one point when I was working on an electronic set-up, the thought came into my head, this belongs to me. At that point, I signed my name to the composition. That was very important to me because I was playing works of many, many composers.
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By manipulating the threshold controls to all the modifiers in sequence, rhythms began to appear and the degree of their variability was really extraordinary. When I was performing this, people started to dance.
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By simply pointing the microphones in space and then having the sound moving between the loudspeakers at certain speeds, the feedback would occur only for an instance. There were marvelous sounds made that reminded me of being on a lonely beach, listening to birds flying around in the air.
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Determine if the loudspeakers themselves are just pumping something canned or whether they are really talking to you. That's something that really only a musician listening to it can give you.
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Electrodes are placed on the head at certain points and from that you get alpha waves. Right? Now, with the electrodes on the head, we suddenly found out that, with the eyes open, it would work. If you closed the eyes, it would turn it off. Right? I thought it was very educational.
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Especially in America, you have so many schools teaching electronics and they are teaching with expensive, complex equipment which people cannot possible afford to have at home. What are those students going to do when they come out?
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For awhile I was working in laser display. I spent considerable energy developing it. I was sort of disappointed that it didn't pan out.
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For me, the concept of observation is primary... I need to observe something in a way that I don't put any prejudice. I want to see what it tells me.
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I always wanted to be a faithful interpreter and my whole early training was for absolute realization of a score which is a very complicated proposition.
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I am perfectly willing for my music to exist with somebody else's taste.
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I began to think about sound sources. It was repugnant to me to use the piano as a sound source.
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I can understand why it's possible to gain unpredictable results from something which has predictable specifications.
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I don't compose in a straight line. I always compose around the periphery, you know.
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I feel that many people don't read John Cage's score in the sense that they don't realize why the instructions are difficult to understand.
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I have an ear for sound that's, I think it's different from other peoples'.
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I have since learned that the waveforms are different, you know. There are even other places on the head where you can put them, and you can obtain other waveforms.
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I know it seems that electronics is mundane in many respects because of the computer technology but if you look at the background of the analog technology, there are marvelous things from two centuries ago that are worthy of being investigated.
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I love India, and I love Indian cooking, but two months was enough. I needed to get out of there.
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I made certain decisions as to what was important and that enabled me to make a score of my own.
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I persist in performing.
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I started with this idea that sound could be obtained from sculptural material or actually from anything through reflections.
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I try to find out what's there and not to make it do what I want but to, you know, release what's there.
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I use the principle of making the sound outputs different enough that you could not recognize them as being generated by the same signal.
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I wanted to gather new works to take back to New York where I was dealing with the opposite situation: performing European music that people there had never heard, so I was like an emissary, going back and forth.
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I was searching for a way to generate sound without any input source material.
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I'm careful to make sure that the unpredictable element is in my music.
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I've always felt that there's a point where a piece seems to be alive, that is, living. And that's the point where I know the composition is finished.
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I've had my share of friends who, who look askance at the fact that I'm involved in electronics, and I had to accept their criticism.
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I've never been able to arouse any interest in myself for digitally produced sound, and so the computer turns me off.
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If you build something yourself, the end use of which is somebody is going to perform with it, then you always do the best that you can. But it is very hard to make a device that works perfectly.
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If you don't like the sound that the computer produces, then it's a matter of making it do something that's interesting to you. And I've done it, upon occasion.
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If you have a musician performing a piece who is in the same space, who is listening to the sound, who knows when and how to make an alteration to enliven the situation, then you feel that something live is happening.
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If you put yourself in a situation of unpredictability and then find that it's completely possible to accept it, then you become an observer.
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In a sense there was only one principle of sound generation, so I decided to influence the sound output to make as many different kinds of sounds as I could. If I had 12 loudspeakers, I could produce 12 different sounds from the same input material.
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In a way, you could say that I'm still building instruments, but actually my focus always starts from some kind of perceptive relationship to electronics.
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In my electronics, I work with an instrumental principle. They become my friends. They have personalities, that only I see, because of my use of them.
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It was a joyous experience to find out that you were actually doing somebody else's music with things that you had on the shelf.
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It would be very tempting to make an orchestra of instruments that you could play, you give a tango party and play tango through all of these instruments and one after the other and it would be glorious, I can guarantee you. But it is not going to be my piece.
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It's important that each person makes their own sculpture, decides how to program it, and performs it themselves. Very little instruction is necessary.
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John Cage started the project. He decided he had to immediately make the composition. It was clear that experimentation takes a great deal of money, so he decided that to have a result, they should make a project which would enable one to experience things to the greatest depth possible.
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Just recently I've been speaking about my first electronic piece. I never put it on a resume or anything like that because I only recently decided that it was my first electronic piece.
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Loudspeakers should be made to be destroyed and... disposable.
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Most electronic equipment uses the principle of amplification. You need filters, modulators and mixing equipment which have gain stages. By piling these components up, I was able to work without any sound generators and I made several pieces in that manner.
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My father played the organ. Since my mother had died, I very often went with my father to his church because he had to work there. When he saw that I was interested, be put me in contact with a teacher. My first career was launched at that point.
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My first purpose in going to Europe was to play American music.
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No matter what I touch, my approach is a complex one which works, so to speak, in circles or spheres because I work around the problem and eventually it begins to talk to me, and when it does that I know that I have a piece.
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Nowadays students are coming to me from schools working with computer technology and they find that the computers they have at home are not large enough to do what they were able to do in school so that instead of furthering the musical situation, the people who were capable of doing it drop away.
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Part of my interest in life is spiritual endeavours.
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Performing is very much like cooking: putting it all together, raising the temperature.
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Take the classic experiment of using ordinary feedback: just take the output of something and feed it back into the input. Those of us who do that have had really rich experiences. And it is obvious that that line of experimentation can continue.
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The basic notion was the idea that the loudspeaker should have a voice which was unique and not just an instrument of reproduction, but an instrument unto itself.
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There were many common interests that brought me and John Cage together, and that causes us to continue working with enthusiasm together. The thing was that I could do anything that he asked, there was no proposition that I couldn't attack in my own way to bring about a solution.
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We had a piano at home and my mother had played piano very well when she was alive. I never had any choice: the moment I was shown a piano, I had to see what it was all about and that was that.
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When I was 20 or 21 I decided to give up the organ. I decided that as a pianist I would have much more opportunities to play contemporary music than as an organist, so I decided to move to NYC to pursue the piano actively.
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When I work with other people we try to make do with very simple resources.
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When the sound appears to be live in the space, then it's free; it seems to flow by itself and not to be caused by some specific intention, especially of an intellectual nature.
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When things are going very well, I might smile. I have been known to laugh at my own performances, just for the joy of it, not making fun. When things are really lively, it makes me want to get up and leave the table and let it play.
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When you look at a score and you see that you are following the instructions and the way they are laid down, you are the composers' helper.
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You see, I hear sound off the page.
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