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  • As I had collaborated with visual artists before whether on installations, on performance pieces, in the context of theatre works and as I had taught for a time in art colleges the idea of writing music in response to painting was not alien.
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  • I did that as a personal journey when I was a philosophy student and working as a jazz musician, so I moved from philosphy to music.
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  • Writing tonal music now, you are not writing into the 19th Century.
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  • I know that John Adams has had a very hard time directing French ensembles.
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  • I am writing something which I find satisfying and which I am prepared to put my name to as a composer.
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  • When Philip Glass asked me if I would be interested in doing a new recording of Jesus' Blood he assumed that I would do something similar to the first version and wanted to know what other pieces would be on the same CD.
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  • Similarly you can make a transition from one set of instruments to another imperceptibly.
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  • One thing I'm doing on the new Titanic recording is actually bringing in different acoustic spaces.
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  • The ideal, of course, is to have the respect of professionals and the admiration of amateurs. I suppose this was the case in the past.
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  • The project which we developed, however, was for a sound piece and I was initially curious that a sculptor should be interested in working with a musician, especially on a project for radio.
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  • I would also like the soloist to feel happy to put it in front of the public, because in the end he's on the firing line, not me.
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  • Philips did stipulate that Julian and I had to iron out our relationship. I had to could come up with something we would both be happy with.
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  • What was once underground is now coming to the surface.
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  • The academic area of new music or modern music festivals is not something which attracts me at all.
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  • Somehow in the 20th Century an idea has developed that music is an activity or skill which is not comprehensible to the man in the street. This is an arrogant assertion and not necessarily a true one.
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