[Ted Panken interview on first solo concert] "In 1967, I gave a solo
concert at the Abraham Lincoln Center in Chicago. In that time period,
I thought I could approach solo music simply through improvisation.
After the first five minutes of the concert, I noticed I was repeating
myself. After the second five minutes, I found myself thinking, 'Well,
Braxton, I hate to be the one to say this, but this is horrible' -- and
there must be some way to avoid the complexities of existential
freedom. Because in fact, I was not interested in freedom or
non-freedom. What I wanted was a context where I could evolve my work
and have some way to measure change. And after the first ten minutes of
the solo concert, as the pies began to form around my forehead and the
eggs, I found myself thinking either buy a glass booth or something to
stop the objects before. . .well, before. . .or at least develop a
taste for eggs. Or, go back to the drawing board and look for some way
to have the kind of definition that could make a difference."
Panken interview, 2/5/1995.