Thursday, February 21, 2008

musical intuition...

1890's tintype

"the choice of pitch and timbre in my music has always been intuitive. even the choice of rhythmic structure or system is finally intuitive. in fact, although there is always a system working itself out in my music, there would be no interest in the music if it were simply systematic. you want to hear music that moves you, and if you don't, then you're not really very curious to find out how it was put together. the truth is, musical intuition is at the rock bottom level of everything i've ever done." steve reich, 1974 (image, tintype 1880's)

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