Screen shot - Antonioni’s ‘L’Avventura’ (1960)
Schoenberg made extensive notations on the side-lines of tennis matches. Schoenberg’s system extracted from the game its duplicate, in motion and movement, mistake and method, so that if a player wished, he or she could play the game on the piano later that evening and let everyone hear just exactly what transpired
—Frances Stark Childish Mathematics (1997) in ‘This Could Become a Gimmick (Sic) Or an Honest Articulation of the Workings of the Mind’, MIT Visual Arts Center, 2011
Furniture music? It is music that must be played between the acts of a theatrical or musical spectacle, and which contributes, like the sets, the curtains or the furniture of the hall in creating an atmosphere. The musical motifs are repeated without stop and it is useless, says Erik Satie, to listen to them: one lives in their ambience without paying them any attention. It’s up to you to find a way to hear the musique d’ameublement and to devise an opinion on the topic. But that has nothing to do with the furniture we’re so taken with this season. It’s just an opportunity to make and hear music, the passion of the moment.
—J.R.F ‘Conseils d’été’ Vogue (Paris), 15 June 1920, quoted in Mary Davis, ‘Eric Satie’, Reaktion Books, 2007
Before I compose a piece I walk around it several times, accompanied by myself
—Satie, Ecrits, ed. Ornella Volta, Paris 1990