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October 6, 2010 / marios

The silent piece

There is a very interesting article about John Cage in The New Yorker magazine, discussing the composer’s belief that there is no such thing as silence, all you have to do is simply stop and listen. John Cage introduced a conceptual piece called “4’33”, a modern interpretation of which, in three movements, you can watch here. A more interesting interpretation is described in The New Yorker article (unfortunately the article is not available online):

“On August 29, 1952, David Tudor walked onto the state of the Maverick Concert Hall, near Woodstock, New York, sat down at the piano, and, for four and a half minutes, made no sound […] You could hear the wind stirring outside during the first movement. During the second, raindrops began pattering the roof, and during the third people themselves made all kinds of interesting sounds as they talked or walked out.”

Now, I am not going to argue whether this is truly art or not, not even defend it against people who believe that it is just stupid, but it surely makes you stop and think, as well as listen :)

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