Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Listen to John Cage’s 5 Hour Art Piece: Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

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Listen to John Cage's 5 Hour Art Piece: Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

Open Culture - John Cage was born in 1915 and died in 1992. During that intervening time, he changed the face of avant-garde music and art.

An early disciple of Arnold Schoenberg, Cage made his biggest creative breakthrough by studying the I Ching, Zen Buddhism and the art of Marcel Duchamp. The composer decided to let elements of chance into his work. He started to write pieces for a "prepared piano" where things like thumbtacks, nails and forks were placed into the instrument's strings to alter its sound in unexpected ways.

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