I posted this on my linkblog, but I feel like publishing it here too. I heard some of Rautavaara's Symphony Number 7 (Angel of Light) a few weeks ago, for the first time, and I was quite taken by the music. It reminded me of The Matrix. So anyway tonight I googled Rautavaara and discovered a) he's a Finnish composer, and b) I like the way he thinks... I must buy a CD of his. I'm also currently enamoured with a British rock band called Muse - their song "Apocalypse Please" blows me away. It's like Bowie's "Man who sold the world" but even more harmonically eerie. Anyway, here's that Rautavaara quote that I like:
"Rautavaara is a mystic who considers that his compositions already exist in 'another reality'. His job is to bring a composition into the world in one piece. "I firmly believe that compositions have a will of their own, though some people smile at the concept," he says."