When I started making my own records, I had this idea of drowning out the singer and putting the rest in the foreground. It was the background that interested me.
The reason I don't tour is that I don't know how to front a band. What would I do I can't really play anything well enough to deal with that situation.
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.
Set up a situation that presents you with something slightly beyond your reach.
Robert Fripp and I will be recording another LP very soon. It should be even more monotonous than the first one
My guitar only has five strings 'cause the top one broke and I decided not to put it back on when I play chords I only play bar chords, and the top one always used to cut me there.
Most of those melodies are me trying to find out what notes fit, and then hitting ones that don't fit in a very interesting way.
It's not the destination that matters. It's the change of scene.
In the 1960s, people were trying to get away from the pop song format. Tracks were getting longer, or much, much shorter.
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.
If I had a stock of fabulous sounds I would just always use them. I wouldn't bother to find new ones.
I've discovered this new electronic technique that creates new speech out of stuff that's already there.
For the world to be interesting, you have to be manipulating it all the time.
Every collaboration helps you grow. With Bowie, it's different every time. I know how to create settings, unusual aural environments. That inspires him. He's very quick.
I often work by avoidance.
My lyrics are generated by various peculiar processes. Very random and similar to automatic writing.
I always use the same guitar I got this guitar years and years ago for nine pounds. It's still got the same strings on it.
I have a definite talent for convincing people to try something new. I am a good salesman. When I'm on form, I can sell anything.
The lyrics are constructed as empirically as the music. I don't set out to say anything very important.
Music in itself carries a whole set of messages which are very, very rich and complex, and the words either serve to exclude certain ones or point up certain others.
I wanted to get rid of the element that had been considered essential in pop music the voice.
Agressive music can only shock you once. Afterwards its impact declines. It's inevitable.
I hate the rock music tradition. I can't bear it
Nearly all the things I do that are of any merit at all start off just being good fun, and I think I'm sort of building up to doing something else quite soon.
If you want to make someone feel emotion, you have to make them let go. Listening to something is an act of surrender.