“Emphasis flips backwards and forwards between the Pythagorean mathematical purity of music and the materiality of its manifestation; and both are always present, they tangle with each other in a fascinating way.”
Henry Brant, “Spiritual Music: ‘positive’ negative theology?”


“Form would not be beautiful unless it were fundamentally a sign and appearing of a depth and a fullness that, in themselves and in an abstract sense, remain beyond both our reach and our vision… [it] is the real presence of the depths, of the whole of reality, and it is a real pointing beyond itself to these depths.”
Hans Urs von Balthasar, “The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics” (volume 1, “Seeing the Form”)

“Cultivate a tranquil activity and an active tranquillity.”
Carlo Giuseppe Quadrupani, “Light and Peace” 14.5

“You are ever active, yet always at rest.” (addressing God)
St. Augustine, “Confessions” I.4

“No purposes. Sounds.”
John Cage, “Experimental Music: Doctrine”