Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation…. Tooting, howling, screeching, booming, crashing, whistling, grinding, and trilling bolster his ego. His anxiety subsides. His inhuman void spreads monstrously like a gray vegetation.
- Jean Arp
People whose sensibility is destroyed by music in trains, airports, lifts, cannot concentrate on a Beethoven quartet.
- Witold Lutoslawski
In my current work environment, there is always music in the background. So everyday I get to hear the gamut of popular music: Country, Pop, Rap, 70s Rock, Oldies et al. I get tired of the constant aural assault of banal, predictable music. Lately I have been taking every available opportunity to turn off the radio.
I have chosen silence over music.