The word philosophy sounds high-minded but it simply means the love of wisdom. If you love something you don't just read about it you hug it you mess with it you play with it you argue with it.
When the wedding march sounds the resolute approach the clock no longer ticks it tolls the hour. The figures in the aisle are no longer individuals they symbolize the human race.
No matter how difficult and painful it may be nothing sounds as good to the soul as the truth.
I know it sounds new age-y but what I've truly come up with is that you really need to trust that you're on your own path as long as you stay true to it and you show up which is 99% of it.
The more you travel the better you get at it. It sounds silly but with experience you learn how to pack the right way. I remember one of my first trips abroad travelling around Europe by rail fresh out of high school. I brought all these books with me and a paint set. I really had too much stuff so I've learnt to be more economical.
I think that technology has both introduced new sounds but also allowed an increasingly painterly approach to recording music as you can now paint over what you've done and more and more refine an existing performance.
Electronic music used pure sounds completely calibrated. You had to think digitally as it were in a way that allowed you to extend serial ideas into other parameters through technology.
I was very much fascinated with the technology we had that we could edit in the computer our compositions but all the sounds that were available on the market were crap.
It's a 360-degree sound experience. Like you're in the middle of the band. A lot of people have the technology to play the format so why not put it out there. It sounds great.
It sounds like a cliche but it... you do sing about what you know about. And I grew up in a small town and I grew up in a place where your whole world revolved around friends family school and church and sports.
Wearing a tuxedo isn't as simple as it sounds. I've been to a lot of award shows in Hollywood over the years and have seen some pretty sad tuxes. It's surprisingly easy to go off the rails.
I could almost say it is my religion. I guess that sounds pretentious but I want to live and breathe cinema.
We made happy sounds because we were upset... just trying to make a positive situation out of a negative one.
From my music training I knew that some Spanish rhythms apart 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.
The music industry's actions at the time of 9/11 and since have been actions driven by patriotism in most instances and greed and stupidity to a lesser degree. Sounds like real life doesn't it?
The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain the sound of wind in a primeval wood and the sound of outer ocean on a beach.
We talk of our mastery of nature which sounds very grand but the fact is we respectfully adapt ourselves first to her ways.
I was a big fan of Middle Eastern elements of music and experimental electronic and tribal sounds.
All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean the heavy metal from the '70s sounds nothing like the stuff from the '80s and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the '90s. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?
I think it's important for people who love music to retain physical CDs or even vinyl because it sounds so great and so much warmer than music over the internet.
All my concerts had no sounds in them they were completely silent. People had to make up their own music in their minds!
Because of the Thames I have always loved inland waterways - water in general water sounds - there's music in water. Brooks babbling fountains splashing. Weirs waterfalls tumbling gushing.
There are certain sounds that I've found work well in nearly any context. Their function is not so much musical as spatial: they define the edges of the territory of the music.
All that stuff about heavy metal and hard rock I don't subscribe to any of that. It's all just music. I mean the heavy metal from the Seventies sounds nothing like the stuff from the Eighties and that sounds nothing like the stuff from the Nineties. Who's to say what is and isn't a certain type of music?