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With respect to the respective French and German traditions you are no doubt correct, although I am reluctant to see individual achievement reduced to archetypes.
There would seem to be a limit, even for an art preoccupied with boundaries and transgressions, beyond which a work reaches its breaking point and…
The Western musical canon came about not merely by accumulation, but by opposition and subversion, both to the ruling powers on whom composers depended for…
The idea of ‘machine assemblage’ is, especially, very alien to my sensibility, since it suggests a relative indifference of the strata to one another during…
Questioning the nature and implications of liminal instances necessarily involves failure, if only in the specifically technical sense of entering spaces where prevailing criteria of…
Other composers have taken this particular technique much further than I in the meantime, with the result that the Law of Diminishing Returns has begun…
Naturally enough, I couldn’t have foreseen the vast sea change which has come upon that scene as a result of German reunification and associated events.
My own position is, that it is largely up to the work itself to suggest the nature of these referential points without dimensions in and…
It is still true that it is easier to compose a poem in the form of a manual for adjusting a VCR than it is…
In my model, important interference phenomena arise when individual strata come into contact. These chaotic fluctuations are, I suppose, what my music is really ‘about.’
If the work of art is to continue pursuing the vision of both being in and of the world but nevertheless in some fashion being…
I would not say that I was, these days, a ‘student’ of philosophy, although in my youth I was quite deeply involved with certain aspects…
I don’t see ‘lines of force’ as being destructive, except to the extent that they are exclusively traceable through observance of the path of distorted…
I don’t like listening to my music, not even new pieces. Generally, they sound pretty much like I expected them to sound, so it’s what…
I am certainly not arguing for the de facto autonomy of the individual work, even though there is much to be said for making the…
Hence my obstinate emphasis on stylistic continuity from work to work rather than specific sibling relationships between the individual work and other members of its…
Certainly being in California has encouraged a sustained commitment to rethinking the nature, purposes, and relevance of the contemporary arts, specifically music, for a society…
Actually, most things I say in public lead more or less directly to my own compositional practice, so I should be careful about generalizing lest…
When I speak of ‘cycles,’ I am referring to lengthy intervals of relative homogeneity, if not in the resolving of problems, than at least with…
This was possible only by dint of extended periods of frequently quite painful reflection and digestion.
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