"Give me blemishes and squeaks, tempos speeding up and more. If it (the recording) has soul and passion, it will speak to the listener. If it is precise and staid, it will be invisible to the listener."
Ken Coomer - Drummer, Producer
"Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall, with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music."
"No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."
"I don't remember being forced to accept compromises, but I've willingly accepted constraints."
"Analog absolutely sounds better then digital, but ditigal allows us musical types to get what we imagine in our heads to come out of the speakers quicker."
Nick Launay - Producer, Engineer
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clark - Science Fiction Writer
"Everything that can be invented has already been invented."
Charles Duell - Commissioner for the U.S. Patent Office 1899
"Stimulated by those moods which poets turn into words, I turn my ideas into tones which resound, roar, and rage until at last they stand before me in the form of notes."
Ludwig Van Beetoven - Composer
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
"Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further developments."
Julius Sextus Frontinus - Roman Engineer in 10 A.D.
Back in 2002 we began featuring a fresh "genius" each month, this ran strong for a few years. Our genius - genius writer took an extended sabbatical to focus on raising her kids, we hope to begin adding new entries again in 2015.
Raymond Kurzweil is an inventor whose innovations have touched the lives of many. He may be best known for his work on the first print-to-speech reading machine for the blind, but his influence goes far beyond. He has been a pioneer in optical character recognition (OCR), the development of the first CCD flatbed scanner, text-to-speech synthesis, music synthesis, speech recognition,