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After the War they started talking about contemporary musicians - I was 15 years old and followed the programmes passionately-the first things I heard by Webern and Schoenberg were about that time, just after the War.
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Afterwards I went to Messiaen, in 1953, or something like that. I went just after Boulez and Stockhausen. Messiaen was inspiring when discussing other people's music, and he was unbearable when he talked about his own!
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Boulez seemed to me to be a guy who wrote laws. Like a company lawyer.
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Classical too-I've never stopped listening to it-Bach, Beethoven. Brahms and Schubert have never interested me, on the other hand.
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Darmstadt was in ruins. It really disturbed me to see a country like that, demolished to such a degree. Terrifying.
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Electronic music used pure sounds, completely calibrated. You had to think digitally, as it were, in a way that allowed you to extend serial ideas into other parameters through technology.
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I can still remember those four timpani strokes, and then that mishmash of voices scrambled by electronic devices, through which you could hear those surrealistic messages, like cadavres exquis! Wonderful sound memories.
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I had a Nagra, one of the first portable machines. I started collecting sounds without any preconceived notions other than a desire to insert into musical discourse a sound that basically didn't belong there.
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I had these ideas of interpretation that went way beyond the standard Conservatoire limits. So I was at war with my piano teachers.
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I have problems with machines which aren't gestural.
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I probably went to musique concrete concerts - though not the very first ones - at the beginning of the 50s.
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I think I came across Cecil Taylor a bit later, in 65 or 66. That really impressed me - Cecil Taylor is an amazing character... Both his music and the way he approaches the instrument are astonishing.
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I wanted to play piano, and that slid quickly into writing - it wasn't enough to play other people's notes: I had to write notes too.
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I was a kid during the Second World War and even before that my parents had one of the first radio sets, and there was Radio London.
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I was born in Paris, and I haven't moved, except until now - I live in the suburbs and I hate it.
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I was doing the university circuit-I do conferences on my work and if all goes well they give me a concert or two in the university.
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I was writing atonal music, noisy music, like Honegger - who I met too. I worked with him a bit and found him really depressive.
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I'm starting to work with durations again, trying to organise them in a completely aleatoric way interms of the composition; it's all written out, but the compositional information is all generated by chance.
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My sisters were going out with artists and poets, and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
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No, the great musical encounter was with Cage, who exploded all those ideas which were already starting to get a bit institutionalised.
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So the ideology was that: use sounds as instruments, as sounds on tape, without the causality. It was no longer a clarinet or a spring or a piano, but a sound with a form, a development, a life of its own.
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Then I was at Darmstadt from 1954 onwards, and it was great. My first pieces were played straightaway. It was there that I met everybody who made up that generation that redefined post-War music.
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Well, first I studied piano. I wasn't very satisfied because I though my teachers were dumb... and repressive.
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What interested me was looping the events in such a way that each time they reappeared, they created new musical objects. The idea of tautology.
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When the Domaine Musical started up, I wasn't part of it. They were the major players in contemporary music at that time, braodcasting old and new composers' work. And I wasn't one of them.
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Whereas Schaeffer and Henry were working like samplers, their idea was to capture those sounds which couldn't be serially calibrated because they were too complex in character.
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With the piano I'm completely in control of the gestural situation-not that I'm going to play the piece myself, but I know what's difficult, what's impossible.
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You turned on the radio and heard all kinds of things.
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