— Pythagoras ancient Greek mathematician and philosopher -585 - -500 a.C.
Context: There is geometry in the humming of the strings. There is music in the spacings of the spheres. As quoted in the preface of the book entitled Music of the Spheres by Guy Murchie (1961)
„To transform a grimace into a sound sounds impossible, yet it is possible to transform a vision into music, to go outside an enslaved personality, to become impersonal by transforming into sand, into water, into light.“
— Dejan Stojanovic poet, writer, and businessman 1959
Big Miniature http://www.poetrysoup.com/famous/poem/21376/Big_Miniature
— Samuel Butler (poet) poet and satirist 1612 - 1680
Canto I, line 481
— Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716
Letter to Christian Goldbach, April 17, 1712. Arthur Schopenhauer paraphrased this quotation in the first book of Die Welt als Wille und Vorstellung: Musica est exercitium metaphysices occultum nescientis se philosophari animi. (Music is a hidden metaphysical exercise of the soul, which does not know that it is philosophizing.)
„It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch —
— Tom Wolfe American author and journalist 1931
Context: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about — "—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —" — all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said. "I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said. He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch — lightning. On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes
„Music has no subject beyond the combinations of notes we hear, for music speaks not only by means of sounds, it speaks nothing but sound.“
— Eduard Hanslick austrian musician and musicologist 1825 - 1904
Eduard Hanslick, quoted by Wolfgang Sandberger (1996) in the liner notes to the Juilliard String Quartet's Intimate Letters. Sony Classical SK 66840.
„Just as my fingers on these keys Make music, so the self-same sounds On my spirit make a music, too. Music is feeling, then, not sound“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
Context: Just as my fingers on these keys Make music, so the self-same sounds On my spirit make a music, too. Music is feeling, then, not sound; And thus it is that what I feel, Here in this room, desiring you, Thinking of your blue-shadowed silk, Is music.
— Ferruccio Busoni Italian composer, pianist, conductor, editor, writer, and piano teacher 1866 - 1924
The Essence of Music (1923)
— Morton Feldman American avant-garde composer 1926 - 1987
Sound Noise Varese Boulez, in Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music http://books.google.pl/books?id=FgDgCOSHPysC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA15&focus=viewport, edited by Christoph Cox, Daniel Warner. A&C Black, 2004. p. 16 http://books.google.pl/books?id=FgDgCOSHPysC&pg=PA16&lpg=PA15&focus=viewport.
— Dick Higgins English composer and poet 1938 - 1998
— Green Day, By Green Day American Idiot (Tab) [Paperback]
— Anaïs Nin writer of novels, short stories, and erotica 1903 - 1977
Context: We don't have a language for the senses. Feelings are images, sensations are like musical sounds. February, 1932<!-- p. 51 -->
„And now to explain colours. I suppose that as bodies excite sounds of various tones and consequently vibrations, in the air of various bignesses, so when rays of light by impinging on the stiff refracting superficies excite vibrations in the ether, these rays excite vibrations of various bignesses... therefore, the ends of the capillamenta of the optic nerve which front or face the retina being such refracting superficies, when the rays impinge on them they must there excite these vibrations, which vibrations (like those of sound in a trumpet) will run along the pores or crystalline pith of the capillamenta through the optic nerves into the sensorium (which light itself cannot do), and there, I suppose, affect the sense with various colours, according to their bigness and mixture—the biggest with the strongest colours, reds and yellows; the least with the weakest, blues and violets; middle with green; and a confusion of all with white, much after the manner, that in the sense of hearing, nature makes use of aereal vibrations of several bignesses to generate sounds of divers tones; for the analogy of nature is to be observed.“
— Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727