“After confronting my anxieties about myself, I came to the conclusion that my music ‘is’ me; my perspective will always be part of my music, whether I try to or not.”
“My musical inspiration always comes from the essential principle of Eastern philosophy, that is: everything is flowing, interconnected, dependent on each other.”
“I really like to explore different sonorities — different sounds that can be used with electronics and acoustic instruments — trying to get some form of middle ground between the two.”
“That’s what it feels like when I’m working with electronics — I feel like I’m creating a moment, a live moment for someone to listen to.”
“We should really look after the score, and the idea of the score, because it’s one of the only things that capitalism hasn’t taken away from us.”
"It’s not an isolated experience at all; it’s immersive, communal, and we’re all helping each other out."
"It's very much in the spirit of exploration; it feels like the ensemble are as willing and excited to work with your music as you have been to write it."
"I see [visuals] as very integrated into the piece, and the process. I feel like some people make visuals that you don’t need to have with pieces, but mine are very integrated — one doesn’t work without the other."
“It was completely about 'let’s play how we feel', that’s what it was all about — communicating with each other, expressing our emotions to an audience — beyond that, it didn’t really matter what it sounded like.”
“I’m just trying to make the most sonically sensuous, magic sound-stuff-thing that I can.”
“The way that I experience music is, in a way, very physical; it’s very often about impacts and certain touches.”
“You see a colour, you see an image, and that is gonna have an impact on how you play a piece, especially if you have some freedom on how to do it. But you, as a player, need to be open to that.”
“I find there’s always lots of music drifting about in my head; like a big ball of yarn, with strings you can gently pull to see if they unravel.”
“I came, genuinely, from just wanting to compose. I’ve had an orchestra playing through my head since I was nine, and I didn’t know how to notate it.”
"Rather than “the system is the piece”, the system is creating something which then I may or may not feel free to change and adjust. It became more of a balance between the abstract and the process."
“It’s the interaction between what I’ve created and what that performer is gonna create that I thrive off.”
“Whenever you write something, whenever you make something, you’re trying to discover a truth — “a” truth — whatever that is.”
“Improvising with nonclassical musicians definitely opened me up to the fact that you can use violin in almost any scenario, almost any genre.”
“You need to suspend your disbelief just to accept that somebody’s singing on stage. Anything can be singing on stage; it could be a person called Tosca, or a positron.”
“I just didn’t wanna be sad all the time in my music, I just felt like it wasn’t helping me.”