Philip Glass: In order to arrive at a personal style, you have to have a technique to begin with... You have to have a place to make the choices from. If you don't have a basis on which to make the choice, then you don't have a style at all. You have a series of accidents.
The difficulty we have is...you get to a certain point and...spend the rest of your life changing gears in the same way... The real issue is not how do you find your voice, but how do you get rid of it. Getting the voice isn't hard, it's getting rid of the damn thing. Because once you have the voice, you're stuck with it.
Ira Glass: Do you ever try to compose so it doesn't sound like Philip Glass?
Philip Glass: I do it all the time. And I fail all the time.