01 July 2011

Not even a little bit?

“I spent the weekend with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and he had a lot of my scores, and he took them to his room and said goodnight. And he came down in the morning and he said, ‘I know you have no system, but what is your secret?’ And I said to him, ‘Well, Karlheinz, I have no secret, but if I could say anything to you, I advise you to leave the sounds alone; don’t push them; because they’re very much like human beings – if you push them, they push you back. So if I have a secret it would be, “don't push the sounds.”’ And he leaned over me and he said, ‘Not even a little bit?’”
– Morton Feldman

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