"Harmony alone can stir the emotions. It is the one source from which melody directly emanates and draws its power."
Jean-Philippe Rameau - Composer
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
"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
"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
"Music, in performance, is a type of sculpture. The air in the performance is sculpted into something."
"I cannot conceive of music that expresses absolutely nothing."
Béla Bartók - Composer
"Music happens to be an art form that transcends language."
"The first rule for a designer is to find the right customer."
"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?"
W.M. Warner - Warner Brothers 1927
"Everything that can be invented has already been invented."
Charles Duell - Commissioner for the U.S. Patent Office 1899
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,