John Cage 100th Birthday

Curator Markus Fiedler created a special 37 hour day of video to honor the avant garde composer and all-around rad dude.



John Milton Cage Jr. (September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was 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 his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.

Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not "four minutes and 33 seconds of silence," as is sometimes assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance. The work's challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces.

In a 1957 lecture, Experimental Music, he described music as "a purposeless play" which is "an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we're living".

Sept. 5, 2012

Talkshow - Merce Cunningham, Nam June Paik & John Cage

the dudes sit down and talk about space and time with a decent amount of giggling. the loveable side of eccentricity.

Doc - Peter Greenaway: Four American Composers ... John Cage (1983)

enjoy an extensive biographical documentary with lots of music and poetry. some parts have audio-synch problems but we're sure johnnie would have loved that.

(1983)
Live Music Show - John Cage

mr cage himself performing live sound and text. of course there s merce cunningham around, david tudor and guest appearance by rahsaan roland kirk

Collection - All John Cage Recordings on Youtube September 5 2012

what it says. 1938-1992. and: still images. today longer than a day (minus the clips taken down from youtube since this show got put together)

Talk Show - Chance Conversations

cage and cunningham talk about thoreau, suzuki, duchamp, difficulties setting up shows, indeterminancy and and and. "the best government is no government at all."

A Tribute to John Cage (Nam June Paik, 1976)

filmed of the screen in a gallery or museum or something. historic stuff with cage a lot out on the streets.

Rahsaan Roland Kirk & John Cage - Sound?? (Dick Fontaine, 1966)

A shortfilm from 1966 with Rahsaan playing to tigers, John reading on playgrounds and much more modern magic. In the key of W!