Lars Bagger

Lars Bagger was born in 1974. He studied composition at The Royal Academy of Music in Copen-hagen. After graduating he slowly ceased to write new music, and ended up retirering completely for a decade. In recent years he has begun composing again, inspired by John Cage's aesthetics, explained in this interview from Listen, a documentary by Miroslav Sebestik (1991):

"When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking. And talking about his feelings or about his ideas, of relationships. But when I hear traffic, the sound of traffic here on Sixth Avenue for instance, I don't have the feeling that anyone is talking, I have the feeling that a sound is acting, and I love the activity of sound. What it does, is it gets louder and quieter, and it gets higher and lower. And it gets longer and shorter. I'm completely satisfied with that, I don't need sound to talk to me.

People expect listening to be more than listening. And so sometimes they speak of inner listening, or the meaning of sound. When I talk about music, it finally comes to peoples minds that I'm talking about sound that doesn't mean anything. That is not inner, but is just outer. And these people, who understand that, finally say: "You mean it's just sounds?", thinking that for something to just be a sound is to be useless. Whereas I love sounds, just as they are, and I have no need for them to be anything more than what they are. I don't want sound to be psychological. I don't want a sound to pretend that it's a bucket, or that it's president, or that it's in love with another sound. I just want it to be a sound.

And I'm not so stupid either. There was a german philosopher who is very well known, Emmanuel Kant, and he said there are two things that don't have to mean anything, one is music and the other is laughter. Don't have to mean anything that is, in order to give us very deep pleasure".