John Cage(1912-1992)an American composer, music theorist, writer, and artist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music,electroacoustic music,and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential American composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's partner for most of their l...
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John Cage. The composer who liberated the definition of "music" so as to include "sound," whether intentional or unintentional sound. Cage posed the great question - what's more musical - a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school? He often doctored the insides of a piano by placing coins, nuts, bolts & weather stripping between the strings of a grand piano - this was a "prepared piano." Read his books, SILENCE and A YEAR FROM MONDAY-these inspired the Hell out of me!
Wow. John Cage visited the anechoic chamber at Harvard University (a room designed to absorb all sounds made in the room), expecting to hear silence, but as he wrote later, he “heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation... until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music.”
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Dillon’s Bar on University Place Provides Setting for Shuffle Board Games with Jasper Johns Pitching. Other Participants are Bill Giles, Anna Moreska, Robert Rauschenberg, Dancer Merce Cunningham, and Composer John Cage, November 10, 1959 © Fred. W. McDarrah—Courtesy of Kasher Gallery, New York | American Photo