People say my music is English. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's not me writing English music, but that English music is becoming more like me.
Minimalism now is a reaction to what came before. It's absolutely of its time. Music moved into the set theory thing, and moved out of it.
Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.
I don't think there is much American music.
I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
I'm not a music lover in the sense that I look for something to have on. I've never had that attitude to music.
One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things.
This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.
When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted.
When I was confronted with official tuition, the academic thing, I could see no relationship whatever between that and the music I'd been writing since I was 11.
I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.