Music is everywhere, you just have to have
the ears to hear it.
Since the theory of conventional music
is a set of laws exclusively concerned with musical
sounds, having nothing to say about noises, it had been clear from
the beginning that what was needed was a music based on noise, on
noises lawlessness. Having made such an anarchic music, we
were able later to include in its performance even so-called musical
sounds. - We need first of all a music in which not only are sounds
just sounds, but in which people are just people, not subject, that
is, to laws established by any one of them, even if he is the
composer or the conductor. Finally we need a
music which no longer prompts talk of audience participation, for
the division between performers and audience no longer exists:
a music made by everyone.
Most of my life I thought that I had to
find an alternative to harmony, but the harmony I was thinking
about was the one that had been taught at school. Now I see that
outside of school is also harmonious...
A changed definition of
harmony; one that doesn't involve any rules or laws. You might
it an anarchic harmony. Just sounds being together.
In the late forties I found out by experiment
(I went into the anechoic chamber at Harvard University) that silence
is not acoustic. It is a change of mind, a turning around. I devoted
my music to it. My work became an exploration of non-intention.
My favorite music is the music I haven't
yet heard. I don't hear the music I write: I write in order to
the music I have yet heard. We are living in a period in which
many people have changed their mind about what the use of music
could be for them. Something that doesn't speak or talk like human
being, that doesn't know its definition in the dictionary or its
theory in the schools, that expressed itself simply by the fact
of its vibrations. People paying attention to vibratory activity,
not in reaction to a fixed ideal performance, but each time attentively
to how it happen to be this time, not necessarily two times the
same. A music that transport the listener to the moment where he