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“Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.”

— Dieter Rams

Accordion 2
I confess that I am no longer thinking in musical terms, or at least not much, even though I believe with all my heart that Music remains for all time the finest means of expression we have. It’s just that I find the actual pieces — whether they’re old or modern, which is in any case merely a matter of dates — so totally poverty-stricken, manifesting an inability to see beyond the work-table. They smell of the lamp, not of the sun. And then, overshadowing everything, there’s the desire to amaze one’s colleagues with arresting harmonies, quite unnecessary for the most part. In short, these days especially, music is devoid of emotional impact. I feel that, without descending to the level of the gossip column or the novel, it should be possible to solve the problem somehow. There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country… – Claude Debussy
Accordion 3
Anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.

— Isaac Asimov

Accordion 4
“This music crept by me upon the waters,
Allaying both their fury and my passion
With its sweet air. Thence I have followed it,
Or it hath drawn me rather. But ’tis gone.
No, it begins again.”

Shakespeare – The Tempest

Accordion 5
“Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”
— German mathematician and philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz (1646-1716) who co-discovered calculus
“Alternative subcultures. They were a crucial aspect of industrial civilization in the two previous centuries. They were where industrial civilization went to dream. A sort of unconscious R&D, exploring alternative social strategies … but they became extinct.”

“Extinct?”

“We started picking them before they could ripen. A certain crucial growing period was lost, as marketing evolved and the mechanisms of recommodification became quicker, more rapacious. Authentic subcultures required backwaters, and time, and there are no more backwaters…”

[William Gibson, All Tomorrow’s Parties]

“When the flush of a new-born sun fell first on Eden’s green and gold,
Our father Adam sat under the Tree and scratched with a stick in the mould;
And the first rude sketch that the world had seen was joy to his mighty heart,
Till the Devil whispered behind the leaves, “It’s pretty, but is it Art?”

–from Rudyard Kipling’s The Conundrum of the Workshops

“There’s no need either for music to make people think! … It would be enough if music could make people listen, despite themselves and despite their petty mundane troubles, and never mind if they’re incapable of expressing anything resembling an opinion. It would be enough if they could no longer recognize their own grey, dull faces, if they felt that for a moment they had been dreaming of an imaginary country…”

– Claude Debussy, Letter to Paul Dukas (1901)

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A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more worthy than a life spent doing nothing. George Bernard Shaw

Indifference towards people and the reality in which they live is actually the one and only cardinal sin in design.” Dieter Rams

Music is the pleasure the human soul experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting. Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

German mathematician and philosopher, Co-discovered Calculus

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