Björk interviews Arvo Pärt
Two people speaking about his music in the most incredible way.
Pärt: I think that sound is a very interesting phenomenon. Why do people like and are so influenced by music? They don’t know how strong the music influences us, good or bad. You can kill people with sound, and if you can kill then maybe there is also the sound which is something opposite of killing, and the distance between these two points is very big, and you are free… you can choose. In art, everything is possible, but everything that is made is not necessary.
Björk: There is question and answer, the different voices in your music, it is almost like Pinnochio and the little cricket. So, one is human and always doing mistake or pain or making pain to others, and the little cricket is more like umm.. comfort him or… do you feel this inside your music or maybe I imagine?
Pärt: I’m very happy that you talk about it… it’s really so. This new style, it consists of two sides so that one line is my sins and another line is forgiveness for these sins. Mostly the music has two voices: one is more complicated and subjective, but another is very simple, clear and objective.
Björk: He really truly believes in such a thing as a divine state, a place of pure ecstacy. Most people achieve it by falling madly in love, or whatever they do to reach that state. What is so brilliant about his music… it’s not about how you got there or why, it’s universal, you know. It’s for everyone.