John Cage had views on many issues re sound, music, and our acoustic
world. For instance, his take on natural sound recording: In 1989, at
a soundscape conference hosted by Skywalker Sound (LucasFilm), Cage
was asked for his impressions of those creating "nature" sound albums
who claim to be "purists," meaning they assert that they don't edit.
Cage thought for a moment, then responded tersely and rather
disparagingly, =93Found art," he sniffed. "That=92s because all true
artists know that germane to their respective crafts is
transformation: the inspired conversion of sound or image from one
medium to another, or ideas from mind to page -- ultimate expressions
far more resounding than the sources from which they spring. It is
through the process of insurgency that art in any medium obliges
insight into the numinous and improbable. Transformation is the key to
life and [its expression through] art, the real mystery of creative
nature. Attempts to replicate or capture aspects of the natural world
without amendment speak clearly to a vision of paralysis and death.=94
On Sep 6, 2012, at 5:33 AM, Michael Dalton wrote:
> Just a short note about John Cage.
> Nearly fifty (wow, fifty!) years ago, John Cage presented a program
> at the college I attended in the upstate hills of New York. Several
> people walked out. I listened as he began with a script and then
> started a series of recordings on several tape recorders. It was an
> existential program, which like many works of art, took a while to
> While I was not an arts student, the experimental approach was
> appreciated by this science student. I continue to experiment with
> For those of you who recognize my signature as well as others, that
> means listening to recordings of spontaneous speech by talking
> birds. Following Cage's lead, I have discovered meaning in many
> recordings, because, believe it or not, many parrots are learning
> language. Several years ago, I would be laughed off the stage.
> Thanks to pioneers like Cage, I have been able to be heard at
> scientific and general "art" gatherings to understand the mind of
> another species through recorded speech. Thank you Professor Cage!
> Cage 100
> Wed Sep 5, 2012 5:26 am (PDT) . Posted by:
> "Mark" seoulgypsy
> Fowarding this fantastic work by Lawrence Johnson
> Hello Everyone,
> Happy hundredth birthday, John Cage. Congratulations to all who knew
> and/or learned from this wonderful man.
> To commemorate this day, I wrote some short texts. I hope it's okay
> to share one with you-- a verbal =93passacaglia=94-- and provide a link =
> to the others.
> =3DLawrence Johnson
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie
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