The first question I ask myself when something doesn’t seem to be beautiful is why do I think it’s not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
— John Cage
At this time the fashion is to bring something to jazz that I reject. They speak of freedom. But one has no right, under pretext of freeing yourself, to be illogical and incoherent by getting rid of structure and simply piling a lot of notes one on top of the other.
— Thelonious Monk
The more constraints one imposes, the more one frees oneself. And the arbitrariness of the constraint serves only to obtain precision of execution.
— Igor Strawiński
With 300 million people in America, you can fail to impress 299 million of them and still go platinum.
— Kareem Abdul Jabbar, TED 2007
It takes 14 clicks to download music from Amazon without an account (12 on iTunes) vs. 4 clicks for typical torrent site. Streams take 1.
— zasłyszane w trakcie tegorocznego New Music Seminar
There is hardly any money interest in art, and music will be there when money is gone.
— Duke Ellington