Musicians are there in front of you, and the spectators sense their tension, which is not the case when you're listening to a record. Your attention is more relaxed. The emotional aspect is more important in live music.
The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important.
I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind.
I had a lot of trouble with engineers, because their whole background is learning from a functional point of view, and then learning how to perform that function.
If you're in a forest, the quality of the echo is very strange because echoes back off so many surfaces of all those trees that you get this strange, itchy ricochet effect.
One of the interesting things about having little musical knowledge is that you generate surprising results sometimes; you move to places you wouldn't if you knew better.
As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me.
For me it's always contingent on getting a sound-the sound always suggests what kind of melody it should be. So it's always sound first and then the line afterwards.
I enjoy working with complicated equipment. A lot of my things started just with a rhythm box, but I feed it through so many things that what comes out sounds very complex and rich.
If I had a stock of fabulous sounds I would just always use them. I wouldn't bother to find new ones.
The reason conservatives cohere and radicals fight: everyone agrees about fears, no one about visions.
I thought it was magic to be able to catch something identically on tape and then be able to play around with it, run it backwards; I thought that was great for years.
If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender.
When I went back to England after a year away, the country seemed stuck, dozing in a fairy tale, stifled by the weight of tradition.
The philosophical idea that there are no more distances, that we are all just one world, that we are all brothers, is such a drag! I like differences.