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John Cage (1912-1992)

Various Tracks

Concept, voice, and recording by Kaegan Sparks. Edited by Steve McLaughlin.
John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing," published in his collection Silence in 1961, is scored to a rigorous regularity: 48 units of 12 lines and 48 measures each. The text itself is repetitive and at times excruciatingly boring, dwelling in Section IV on the tonic phrase "If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep." A reading for voice and metronome, this audio rendition intermingles with the ambient noises of Christian Marclay's sound work medley in the 2007 exhibition Ensemble at Philadelphia's Institute of Contemporary Art. The text is intoned in time, as per Cage's incongruous instructions: "[not] in an artificial manner...but with the rubato which one uses in everyday speech."

Mushroom Haiku, excerpt from Silence

excerpt from Silence

Writing for the Second Time Through Finnegans Wake

Song, Derived from the Journal of Henry David Thoreau

(1975), 4:06

John Cage Meets Sun Ra
Side A

John Cage Meets Sun Ra
Side B

Lecture on Nothing Performed
by Kaegan Sparks

Sideshows by the Sea was the last surviving freak show along the Coney Island boardwalk. Ra and Cage's appearance was duly announced by the barker outside. Other portions of this concert, which included Pharaoh Abdullah processing and dancing, and Ra and Cage performing together, may have been recorded but haven't been issued.


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