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Born: 1954-02-05
Profession: Musician
Nation: American
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The more I come to understand music, the more I feel like a numbskull because there is always more to learn. The more I do it, the more I'm humbled. I'm just always trying to get better at it. I pick up a few tricks along the way.

Tags: Music, Trying, Understand

Composing demands a degree of isolation.

Tags: Composing, Degree, Isolation

I guess what I've learned is that there are no boundaries when it comes to imagination. It's limitless.

Tags: Boundaries, Guess, Learned

I think music will be created algorhythmically, all the things that we do will be boiled down to a little computer program.

Tags: Computer, Music, Program

I work at home but average 15,000 to 18,000 miles per year on my Honda.

Tags: Home, Work, Year

I'm free to make music - I'm sitting on about 40 or 45 new songs that I can't wait to put out.

Tags: Free, Music, Put

I've always been very left of center and the radio never had much diversity and film did.

Tags: Film, Left, Radio

Pop music is a fashion, and fashions come and go. The public retires you as their tastes change.

Tags: Change, Fashion, Music

The more I come to understand music, the more I feel like a numbskull because there is always more to learn.

Tags: Learn, Music, Understand

You'll know if you're a famous composer if 20 years from now your name appears on a pull-down menu in Band in a Box, alongside Hans Zimmer.

Tags: Band, Famous, Name

For me, the work begins with a rough cut of the film. I can't do much with the script. I've tried to write music to a script prior to seeing the film, but I've found it turns out to be a waste of time.

Tags: Music, Time, Work

I actually don't see that strong of a connection between my background as a rock 'n roller and my early films. In a way I think your musical identity in film work is determined by the jobs that come your way.

Tags: Rock, Strong, Work

I don't want to be typecast as the 'ambient guy' or someone who only does electronic scores. I think most of the work that comes my way is because people feel they know me musically.

Tags: Guy, Someone, Work

I got fed up with being in bands. I spent a couple of years touring the country in a smoked filled band, doing lots of drugs and being really unhealthy.

Tags: Band, Country, Couple

I guess I'd like to have my cake and eat it, too. I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions.

Tags: Cake, Makes, Personal

I know so few people who actually give music their undivided attention, so I've been trying to just park myself on the couch between the speakers and listen.

Tags: Give, Music, Trying

I live in Topanga Canyon, which is like a faux-rustic enclave in Los Angeles. I love the sounds of all the critters outside - the frogs, owls, crickets, and birds. Some of the birds around here are pretty accomplished musicians. You can learn a lot from them.

Tags: Learn, Love, Pretty

I want to be known for having a recognizable style. I believe having your own personal identity is what makes you competitive. On the other hand, I would like to be versatile and be challenged to go in new directions.

Tags: Hand, Makes, Personal

I was in the Chilli Peppers at the time and I asked myself, would I be able to wear a sock on my genitals at the age of forty and they proved me wrong because I guess they're still doing it.

Tags: Age, Time, Wrong

I'm not sure why anybody makes a physical CD anymore when the costs are so much lower to just throw it up on iTunes. And it doesn't seem that making a hard copy of something prevents pirating any less. I mean I'm amazed that they still do that.

Tags: Hard, Mean, Why

I've often thought that my background in rock 'n' roll has gone to waste in film work. My background was that I was a rock 'n' roll drummer and I don't think I used drums in my first ten years of film scoring.

Tags: Rock, Thought, Work