— Luciano Berio Italian composer 1925 - 2003
Two Interviews (1985),
„My intention is to use music as a tool for social change.“
— Luciano Berio Italian composer 1925 - 2003
„Music’s for grooving man, and music’s not for puttin’ yourself through bad changes, y’know? I mean, you don’t have to go take anybody’s shit, man, just to like music, y’know what I mean? You don’t. So... so if you’re getting’ more shit than you deserve, you know what to do about it man. Y’know, it’s just music. Music’s... music's s’posed to be different than that.“
— Janis Joplin American singer and songwriter 1943 - 1970
Spoken on the live recording of "Piece Of My Heart" on "Cheap Thrills" (1968)
„Prokofiev was not alone among the leading composers of the twentieth century in changing his style repeatedly in the course of his career: Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Bartók, and others modified their musical language drastically at various stages of their creative lives. In Prokofiev’s case, he always maintained certain stylistic facets throughout the transformations of his musical language.“
— Boris Berman Russian/American musician 1948
„The whole trouble with a folk song is that once you have played it through there is nothing much you can do except play it over again and play it rather louder. Most Russian music, indeed, consists in ringing changes on this device, skilfully disguised though the fact may be.“
— Constant Lambert British composer and conductor 1905 - 1951
"The Conflict Between Nationalism and Form", p. 146.
„The west wind was the music, the motion, the force
To which the swans curveted, a will to change,
A will to make iris frettings on the blank.“
— Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
Context: Like a page of music, like an upper air, Like a momentary color, in which swans Were seraphs, were saints, were changing essences. The west wind was the music, the motion, the force To which the swans curveted, a will to change, A will to make iris frettings on the blank.
„Music changed more between 1963 and 1969 than it has in the 37 years since, with the Beatles among the architects of that change.“
— Daniel Levitin American psychologist 1957
The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/05/31/AR2007053101848.html (June 1, 2007)
„I had been doing the same kind of stuff for 15-16 years and was desperately seeking a change. But there was no opportunity to reinterpret Indian music. With Roja, we wanted to strike a new note. Mani's amazing visuals, Mutthu's romantic lyrics, relatively unknown singers... we wanted to impart to Roja an international flavour — and we succeeded.“
— A. R. Rahman Indian singer and composer 1966
„New methods change the experience, and new experiences change man. Whenever we hear sounds, we are changed, we are no longer the same, and this is more the case when we hear organized sounds; music.“
— Karlheinz Stockhausen German composer 1928 - 2007
http://www.ubu.com/film/stockhausen_tuning.html Tuning In (1981) BBC documentary on Stockhausen.
„The musical language which made the classical style possible is that of tonality, which was not a massive, immobile system but a living, gradually changing language from its beginning. It had reached a new and important turning point just before the style of Haydn and Mozart took shape.“
— Charles Rosen American pianist and writer on music 1927 - 2012
Part I. Introduction. 1. The Musical Language of the Late Eighteenth Century
„It is so important for me to keep authentic Cuban sounds alive. All of these great artists have changed the landscape of Latin music and it's an honor to have them on this album ["90 Millas," released in September of 2007]. I believe this album will expose a new generation to the richness of Cuban music.“
— Gloria Estefan Cuban-American singer-songwriter, actress and divorciada 1957
news release (July 20, 2007)
„My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time.“
— Camille Paglia American writer 1947
Context: My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time. And slowly the culture is changing. The MTV generation is far more tolerant, and that tolerance is growing.
„Listening to that performance changed my life. It changed the course of my musical career. I could listen to my heart's voice clearly because the music had helped me understand my mind's deepest desires. Today, I am happy and feel blessed that I followed the path dictated by my heart.“
— Hariprasad Chaurasia Indian bansuri player 1938
On hearing a performance on a woodwind by Pandit Bhola Nath of Varanasi.
„It was and still is fundamental: to begin the work with the same tools with which it will be ended, without making a preliminary drawing. on the wood, stone, or metal. Sketches and drawings done in advance clarify the intention, and with it ready in the head, the requisite tool realizes the idea.“
— Max Pechstein German artist 1881 - 1955
Buchheim, Künstlergemeinschaft Brücke, p. 304; as quoted in 'The Revival of Printmaking in Germany', I. K. Rigby; in German Expressionist Prints and Drawings - Essays Vol 1.; published by Museum Associates, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California & Prestel-Verlag, Germany, 1986, p. 54
„If a firearm is used by a criminal or psychopath with evil intentions, then it is a tool for evil. But if it is used for good (to defend life and property), then it is a tool for good. A firearm by itself has no sentience, no volition, no moral force, and no politics. The proper term for this is an adiaphorous object--something that is neither good nor evil. A firearm is simply a cleverly-designed construction of metal, wood, and plastic in the form of a precision tool.“
— James Wesley Rawles Survivalist-fiction author and blogger 1960
— Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881
Context: Man is a tool-using animal... Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. Bk. I, ch. 5.