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Somebody will ask those of us who compose with the aid of computers: 'So you make all these decisions for the computer or the electronic medium but wouldn't you like to have a performer who makes certain other decisions?' Many composers don't mind collaborating with the performer with regards to decisions of tempo, or rhythm, or dynamics, or timbre, but ask them if they would allow the performer to make decisions with regard to pitch and the answer will be 'Pitches you don't change.' Some of us feel the same way in regard to the other musical aspects that are traditionally considered secondary, but which we consider fundamental. As for the future of electronic music, it seems quite obvious to me that its unique resources guarantee its use, because it has shifted the boundaries of music away from the limitations of the acoustical instrument, of the performer's coordinating capabilities, to the almost infinite limitations of the electronic instrument. The new limitations are the human ones of perception.

Milton Babbitt

Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.


An increase in global temperature will lead to global climate change.

John Houghton

To identify climate change related to this carbon dioxide increase, we need to look for trends in global warming over similar lengths of time.

John Houghton

I would define a book as a work of magic whence escape, all kinds of images to trouble the souls and change the hearts of men.

Anatole France

I don't believe in an afterlife, although I am bringing a change of underwear.

Woody Allen

I have tried to impress on the PLO leadership, and every Palestinian or Arab I have met, that the quest for a protector in the White House is a complete chimera, since all recent presidents have been devoted to Zionist aims, and that the only way to change US policy is through a mass campaign on behalf of Palestinian human rights, out-flanking the Zionist establishment and going straight to the American people. Uninformed and yet open to appeals for justice as they are, Americans are capable of reacting as they did to the ANC campaign against apartheid, which finally changed the balance of forces inside South Africa.

Edward Said

Global warming causing climate change may be the ultimate issue that unites us all.

Louise Burfitt Dons

Books are the carriers of civilization. Without books, history is silent, literature dumb, science crippled, thought and speculation at a standstill. They are engines of change, windows on the world, lighthouses erected in the sea of time.

Barbara W. Tuchman

Desperation is the raw material of drastic change. Only those who can leave behind everything they have ever believed in can hope to escape.

Burroughs, William S.

Anyone who believes you cannot change history has never tried to write his memoirs.

David Ben-Gurion

It is sometimes possible to change the attitudes of millions but impossible to change the attitude of one man.

Edward Bernays

Of course, for a lot of people, death was a welcome change. Grinding poverty takes the edge off most things, including life.

Tom Baker

According to my principles, every master has his true and certain value. Praise and criticism cannot change any of that. Only the work itself praises and criticizes the master, and therefore I leave to everyone his own value.

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

It is not by change of place that we can come nearer to Him who is in every place, but by the cultivation of pure desires and virtuous habits.

St. Augustine of Hippo

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