I'm actually a great fan of lucidity.
I have a picture of an ideal consciousness.
I'm trying to assemble materials for a different mode of life.
When I began competing with the other artists in New York, I discovered classical North Indian music.
Rock became an incredible commercial success, people just became bored with serious music, and it was forgotten.
When somebody says that all statements are false, the obvious problem is that as an assertion it's self-defeating.
Basically, I viewed any work of art as an imposition of another person's taste, and saw the individual making this imposition as a kind of dictator.
Around 1967 I began backing away from dogmatic Leninism, not so much because I thought it was false, I just decided there was nothing utopian about it.
I began composing works which were imitative of the music I was being told about. I was also very interested in translating the music into visual terms.
I was a student at Harvard, and that's where I learned about so-called avant-garde music. Jackson Pollock, abstract expressionism and painting were well known at this time.