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Bill Laswell Quotes

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Sound comes out of a life experience.
- Bill Laswell

The atmosphere defines the environment of sound.
- Bill Laswell

Nothing was a style first.
Everything started as an idea.
A guy did something with an idea.
Someone copied him.
Some copied all of them and it became trendy and then it became a style.
- Bill Laswell

People are afraid of things they don't understand.
They don't know how to relate.
It threatens their security, their existence,
their career, image.
- Bill Laswell

 

In all the music that deals with experimental repetition,
drum and bass, dub, various kinds of house music,
there's always been a quality of atmosphere and ambience.
- Bill Laswell

Computers and electronic music are not the opposite of the warm human music.
It's exactly the same.
- Bill Laswell

What I'm dealing with is sound.
I don't pretend to be dealing with music.
I'm just dealing with sound elements,
textures and sounds.
- Bill Laswell

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If you listen to really deep ambient records that don't move too much,
very still records, long after those records are finished,
you might find yourself listening for hours to the sound of the room.
- Bill Laswell

Records are just moments of achievement.
They're like receipts for work done.
Time goes on and people keep playing music.
- Bill Laswell

People who play conventional music are threatened by
electronica and don't consider it to be as valuable as what they do.
- Bill Laswell

Miles Davis fully embraced possibilities and delved into it.
He was criticized heavily from the jazz side.
He was supposed to be part of a tradition,
but he didn't consider himself part of a tradition.
- Bill Laswell

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
- Traditional Zen Koan

The primal rhythmic power
and resonant sound of waves on the shore
are like the earth's heartbeat,
and become our connection with the body of nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Visualize your end result as having already been accomplished.
Let the image of your success play on the giant screen
in full color with surround sound -
so real you can smell and taste it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

True friendship is like sound health;
the value of it is seldom known until it be lost.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for
the education of its virtue.
- Plato

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are
punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
- Voltaire

Adding sound to movies would be like putting lipstick on the Venus de Milo.
- Mary Pickford

Music is what feelings sound like.
- Anonymous

He has the finest, fundamentally sound golf swing I've ever seen.
- Jack Nicklaus

It couldn't sound like a dog, because K9 isn't a dog,
but I made it sound as mechanical as possible.
- John Leeson

Creationists make it sound as though a "theory'
is something you dreamt up after being drunk all night.
- Isaac Asimov

God tells me how the music should sound,
but you stand in the way.
- Arturo Toscanini

Not to sound too pathetic, but there have been long
stretches where I haven't been able to get a job.
- David Caruso

The past is an old armchair in the attic,
the present an ominous ticking sound,
and the future is anybody's guess.
- James Thurber

I don't know if it's my music, my lyrics,
my sound, and knowing the music business the way I do-all I can say is,
my career has lasted way longer than I expected.
- Barry White

In my experience, problems most frequently arise from
those who report for television,
with little field experience in your area but an insatiable
appetite for a sound bite.
- Alvin Adams

It's clear to me that there is no good reason for many
philosophy books to sound as complicated as they do.
- Alain de Botton

There is a lot of melody and things that sound familiar in hundreds of songs.
- Wayne Coyne

So I like that sound, but I am not interested in being retro.
- Stephan Jenkins

When I see a colour or hear a sound,
I am aware of something,
and not of nothing.
- Charles D. Broad

The first album is a classic record and I think the
prototype of a sound that no one else does.
- Kathy Valentine

We suspect Dr. Clutterbuck's sense of hearing must be injured:
for him the 'ear trumpet' magnifies but distorts sound,
rendering it less distinct than before.
- Robert James Graves

But for the first time, we haven't made a huge leap
forward in sound from our last album.
Fans who own Kid A should be able to get their heads around it.
- Ed O'Brien

Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound,
both aloud and inside the head of the reader.
You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
- Helen Dunmore

I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain.
I want to weep at the sound of your name.
Come make me laugh, come make me cry...
just make me feel alive.
- Joey Lauren Adams

I think the fans really wanna hear the songs the way
they sound on the record.
- Ace Frehley

The idea to do the album only on keyboards kind of happened by accident.
I was quite happy with the sound and felt it really
didn't need more instruments,
so I didn't use them.
- Gary Wright

That strategy of buy and hold, which is the sound and
sensible one for the individual,
can have very dangerous and perverse effects for the market as a whole.
- Ron Chernow

As soon as I hear a sound, it always suggests a mood to me.
- Brian Eno

I like the construction of sentences and the juxtaposition
of words-not just how they sound or what they mean,
but even what they look like.
- Don DeLillo

I always dreamed of being Maria in The Sound of Music.
- Victoria Jackson

Generally speaking, when a woman offers unsolicited
advice or tries to help a man,
she has no idea of how critical and unloving he may sound to him.
- John Gray

The first requisite of a sound monetary system is that
it put the least possible power over the quantity or
quality of money in the hands of the politicians.
- Henry Hazlitt

We can't afford big symphonies but we commission works
that sound rich and symphonic because of the nature
of the instrumentation and the people we work with.
- Graeme Murphy

The disco sound, you must see, is not art or anything so serious.
- Giorgio Moroder

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound
anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that
as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
- Soren Kierkegaard

The combination of experience and experimentation will
ultimately yield a personal sound.
- Mark White

I am a trial lawyer.
Matilda says that at dinner on a good day I sound like an affidavit.
- Mario Cuomo

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon,
but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

My style is a very universal sound, which is very close to where I grew up.
- Jon Secada

It has a sound and rational circulating medium,
a real and definite representative of wealth.
- Josiah Warren

To become a thoroughly good man is the best prescription
for keeping a sound mind and a sound body.
- Francis Bowen

All your travelling is together, you eat together,
you're on stage as a band together, when you get to
the sound-check the band and the crew are all together.
- Joan Armatrading

I felt a responsibility to present a viable alternative
to the popular electric sound.
- Ron Carter

People say that I could sing the phone book and make it sound good.
- Edith Piaf

There is no relation to sound for deaf people.
It is a totally different mental process.
- Richard Masur

Composition gives proper meaning to the natural streams
of sound that penetrate the world.
- Toru Takemitsu

You listen to Handel operas, right? And there are a thousand of them,
right? And they all sound alike.
If I look back on my work, maybe it's the same thing.
- Isaac Mizrahi

The way they had the room that I was in set up,
there was some sort of sound deadening platform that
I had to stand on in order to get close enough to the microphone.
- Phil Harris

I grew up to the sound of live music in our Brooklyn household.
- Tony Visconti

Sometimes I write them down in musical notation as
a trigger to remind me about certain directions to go.
Or I can be specific about a sound I'm looking for.
- Harold Budd

I'm pretty basic as far as technique is concerned.
I don't use many gadgets, and I like the sound my guitar makes,
anyway.
- Brian May

Ellington is a writer and arranger, as well as a musician and leader.
He does movie sound tracks.
- Norman Granz

I usually have an idea of how I want a song to sound,
but I don't always know how to get there.
- Lucinda Williams

Sound is the vocabulary of nature.
- Pierre Schaeffer

The Sound of Music was just such an honour to be in,
because it was a movie that appeals to so many people,
and they just loved it so much and they still love it to this day.
- Angela Cartwright

However now we can create a sound that can truly startle
someone and in terms of sound effects I think the environment
that we are in now has improved dramatically.
- Nobuo Uematsu

We wanted to get everyone back focused on the fact
we are playing live again.
It really does sound great.
- Andy Taylor


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