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Freaky Friday: 4′ 33″

Posted by purplemary54 on March 15, 2013

Went out to dinner with the family tonight, so I haven’t really prepared an extensive freak for today.  But a notion struck me today: Why not post one of the strangest compositions of all time?  So here it is, in all its glory.

No, the sound on your computer is not malfunctioning.  This is John Cage at his weirdest—and that’s saying something.  I’ve been thinking a lot more about experimental music since I read Love Goes to Buildings on Fire, since there is a great deal in it about composers like Meredith Monk, La Monte Young, and Phillip Glass.  Cage was a bit ahead of these artists, and probably influenced all of them to some degree.  In 4′ 33″, there is an artistry to the silence; the sound of the auditorium, the audience, the world, are all part of the composition.  I think the purpose of this piece is to get people to think about what music really is.  Just like Andy Warhol made people think about what could be considered Art.

Cage was very influenced by Eastern music and philosophy, so this Zen-like approach isn’t really surprising.  It’s just taking things a bit further than most composers would.  No.  This isn’t music in any real sense.  It’s the sound of possibility.  Everything is open in these four minutes and thirty-three seconds.  Anything is possible.

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