"Sebastian Bach, as a rule, does not indicate tempo at all, which in a purely musical sense is perhaps best. He may have said to himself: whoever does not understand my themes and figures, and does not feel their character and expression, will not be much the wiser for an Italian indication of tempo."
— Richard Wagner
Über das Dirigieren (On Conducting)
"The connection between thoughts and sounds is good only if there be a real connection between the thing signified and the symbol, and until then that symbol will never come into general use. Symbol is the manifestor of the thing signified, and if the thing signified has already existence, and if, by experience, we know that the symbol has expresssed that thing many times, then we are sure that there is the real relation between them."
— Raja Yoga (via masonictraveler)
"No other people listen better than the indigenous, they can clearly listen miles away."
— Marlui Miranda
"Whatever medium I’m using, the audience is going to be educated, adventurous, small. That’s because I’ve been shunted into the cultural corner marked “exemplary creative.” Once I might have been trying for the mainstream, at least in music. But the days of being played on the radio are long gone. Anything I do now has to be a demonstration of creative freedom, and be banished as a result to a kind of enriching, encouraging, educational ghetto. I don’t mean the work has to be, in itself, bland or harmless: it can be obscene, it can excoriate idiocy, it can scream for revolution. But because it’s in this ghetto that appeals to a tiny minority of grad students and gallery-goers and adventurous musical connoisseurs, it’s not going to make much of a difference to the world. It’s harmless in effect, if not intention. What that ghetto does, in fact, is legitimate the existing order by showing that things like variety and freedom of expression exist, and that even esoteric and experimental products can be marketed."