“All of us have a personal sound that’s coming from our limitations. What makes a sound unique is the inability to do what we’re trying to do. You know that thing about Miles Davis: when he was young and trying to play like Dizzy Gillespie, he said he couldn’t play that high or that fast. If he could have just played like Dizzy Gillespie, then there wouldn’t be any Miles Davis.”more info
source: Marc Ribot interview with Bill Frisell, BOMB magazine , Issue 79, Spring 2002.
“An echo is often more beautiful than the voice it repeats.”more info
source: Sebastian Melmoth (London: Arthur L. Humphreys, 1905), 131.
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“I think hardware stores can be fascinating if you go in there with a mallet!”more info
source: interview by Amanda Petrusich, Pitchfork, posted November 27, 2006.
“I like turning on two radios at the same time and listening to them. I like hearing things incorrectly. I think that’s how I get a lot of ideas is by mishearing something.”more info
medium: Radio Interview
“My most thrilling musical experience was in Time Square, over thirty years ago. There was a rehearsal hall around the Brill Building where all the rooms were divided into tiny spaces with just enough room to open the door. Inside was a spinet piano— cigarette burns, missing keys, old paint and no pedals. You go in and close the door and it’s so loud from other rehearsals you can’t really work—so you stop and listen and the goulash of music was thrilling. Scales on a clarinet, tango, light opera, sour string quartet, voice lessons, someone belting out ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses,’ garage bands, and piano lessons. The floor was pulsing, the walls were thin. As if ten radios were on at the same time, in the same room. It was a train station of music with all the sounds milling around…for me it was heavenly.”more info
source: Tom Waits interviews himself on ANTI.com, May 20, 2008.
“On Broadway, only the fire doors separate you from the sidewalk and you’re lucky if the sound of a police car doesn’t rip the envelope twice a night.”more info
source: “Tom Stoppard, The Art of Theater No. 7,” in The Paris Review, Winter 1988, No. 109.
notes: interview conducted by Shusha Guppy
“I couldn’t be happier than I am in this apartment, with the sounds from Sixth Avenue constantly surprising me, never once repeating themselves.”more info