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    I think of myself as experimenting with different ways of structuring pieces. A lot of it has to do with the computer, of course.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: computer 
     
    Even today, I notice that some of my pieces are explicitly tonal; there are actually tonics and dominants. And then there are pieces that are not tonal. I tend to think that there's a dichotomy that has to do with the way pitches are structured.
    — Paul Lansky
    Very often, when you're listening to a piece for the first time, you're listening through a model of other pieces that you know. At a certain point, a piece becomes idiosyncratic and you start to understand it on its own terms.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: time  listening 
     
    Sometimes I imagine that there's a binary division going on in contemporary practice that has to do with chromatic versus diatonic. I notice that I tend to listen in a diatonic sense, that I register a pitch as a member of a diatonic scale, even in a non-tonal context.
    — Paul Lansky
    It's very interesting for me to listen to music with my wife. She's not a musician but she very often makes comments about pieces in ways that are similar to what I'm thinking.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music  thinking  wife 
     
    It's always a thrill for me to see new versions of my pieces on YouTube.
    — Paul Lansky
    I think you'll find a significant number of people who decide not to enter competitions because their music just won't fit in that world.
    — Paul Lansky
    I was very fortunate to be at a wealthy institution. I do recognize the drawbacks and limitations of the academic world but it's basically the world I grew up in and there's no way in which I would have been able to survive in the so-called real world.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: world  real 
     
    I think of myself as an experimentalist even though much of my music sounds logical and normal, in a sense.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music 
     
    I was hired for a really excellent academic job early in my life; I was twenty-five when I started at Princeton and I got tenure early on. I really didn't deserve this; I just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: time  right  job 
     
    I wrote a lot of software to do various kinds of special things, and I loved the idea of composing pieces in an electronic studio.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: ideas 
     
    I never thought that I would write orchestra music, but in fact I did write a group of orchestra pieces.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: thoughts  facts  music  write 
     
    When you have performers, there's the uniqueness of live performance and what performers do in concerts.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: live 
     
    The experimentation that I do has a lot to do with tunes and pitches and ways that melodies are put together.
    — Paul Lansky
    There are, however, composers whose music can only be heard in a chromatic sense. George Perle, for example, wrote pieces that you might think of as leaning in a tonal direction but it's very hard to register a pitch as, say, the sixth degree of a scale, whereas in much of my music I think that's often relatively easy to do.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music  example 
     
    With a piece of classical music by Haydn, Mozart, or Beethoven, on first listening I'm referencing it with other pieces by them that I know. I think that most people do this - they listen to pieces through the filter of pieces they already know.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: people  listening  music 
     
    With repeated listenings, a piece eventually becomes its own being. I very often say to students that this is like meeting a person for the first time. When you first meet someone, you reference that person with others who are similar; but, as you get to know that person better, you begin to understand his unique qualities.
    — Paul Lansky
    I've been really fortunate to have Bridge Records interested in publishing my music for the past 25 years. Most of my music is available in their catalog.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: past  music  year 
     
    My perspective on the academic world is very favorable. I did certain kinds of things that I could never have done otherwise.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: world  perspective 
     
    I've had a lot of fun writing percussion music. It feels quite similar to writing computer music. But I found myself in the role of choreographer in a way, worrying about physical movement and such.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: fun  music  writing  computer 
     
    If the music has a logic of its own - as I think my music has - an open-minded listener will apprehend and understand.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: logic  music 
     
    I can't say that there's a common practice that has to do with pitch language or with the way pieces are put together because today, anything is fair game. As far as I'm concerned, my own common practice is a piece that engages the attention of listeners from beginning to end, and doesn't rely on or expect the listener to zone out.
    — Paul Lansky
    I didn't want my music to be seen as examples of an electronic culture; I just wanted them to be thought of as pieces of music.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: thoughts  music  example 
     
    I don't think there's something that you have to 'get' with my music. It tends toward the dramatic side rather than the narrative.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music 
     
    I had been creating music on tape that was to be listened to as a recording, rather than through performance.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music 
     
    I found myself recycling ideas and I saw that I had to invent reasons to compose a piece rather than start from some exciting idea.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: ideas  invent 
     
    I came up in the '60s; that was a time when there was a revolution going on in music. Stravinsky had become a twelve-tone composer; even Aaron Copland was writing twelve-tone pieces at that time!
    — Paul Lansky
    I don't think of my music as being about something.
    — Paul Lansky
    tags: music 
     
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