"I don't control it at all.
It's all up to the musicians in the group. They control it.
They make all the cues, and they tell me what they want,
and then I act like a mirroring device so that everyone can see what the cues are."
~John Zorn


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"I had never thought that I would be involved in narrative structures.
As a young guy, I was more interested in abstract modeling.
But as I got older, I began to see that there was no reason to limit myself to any intellectual or conceptual postulate,
when in fact I'm a professional student of music."
~Anthony Braxton


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“I needed another basis for musical structure.
This I found in sound's duration parameter,
sound's only parameter which is present even when no sound is intended.”
~John Cage


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"It is easy to write unthinking music." ~George Crumb

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"I use my own graphical notation system,
the scores are then played programmatically using samples as the source.
This provides for seamless intermixing of melody and timbre,
and the interplay between the two."
~Hans-Christoph Steiner


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"Music is not a language.
Any musical piece is akin to a boulder with complex forms,
with striations and engraved designs atop and within,
which men can decipher in a thousand different ways,
without ever finding the right answer or the best one."
~Iannis Xenakis