Music is Nothing… Perhaps?: A Conversation between Riki Gooch (NZ) and Reuben Derrick (NZ) (2021)
RD: You and I have previously discussed what music is and what forms it can potentially take. I distinctly remember you once saying that aside from being an interface for human expression, music is actually nothing. It doesn't exist as an object. So I'm really interested in hearing about some examples when, as an artist you have experienced music as being a means of human expression, and also about it not existing as a specific object. I am thinking that for some people music does exists as a score or an LP or some kind of object.
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