You either are or you're not.
The piece that had a large influence on me was Turangalila.
My operas usually come from musical ideas rather than ideas about subject matter.
My operas and my theatre works are very formal pieces.
It's the irrational things that interest me.
In the end it doesn't matter what you do.
I'm not an architectural composer.
I don't have ideas so much as there are things which constantly evolve... there are various threads or layers, if you like, which change.
I didn't have a record player.
I always write the pieces I want to write.
The thing about influence is that any composer worth anything will give you the same names.
The opera tells the story with all the built-in contradictions and from many different angles.
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.
When I was a kid, I wrote music - from the age of 11 until the age of 18.
When I dealt with set theory, I could never make it be the music that I wanted.
This sounds horribly pretentious, but I like to think that if music hadn't existed, I could have invented it.
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.
One thing I've tried to do in writing music is take on very basic things, very archetypal things.
Music is such a problem in the time it takes.
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.
I wrote music as soon as I knew notation.
I think music has gone through a period of something very severe, rather radical, rather the way painting did with cubism.
I don't think there is much American music.
There are rhythmic ideas which sometimes only work up to a point. In writing there are moments when it just comes off the page, it's not just a collection of notes.
I think there are influences that you open the door to, and influences that come under the door.