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Subject: Re: Cage 100
From: "Michael Dalton" mdaltonarielle
Date: Fri Sep 7, 2012 5:35 am ((PDT))
Klas and others,
You are all too intellectual for me. I am not an academic.
My purpose for making my comment was based on a personal experience involvi=
ng Cage and his work with sound. It was interesting to me as I moved from s=
tudent to=A0experimentalist in the sciences.
Cage's performance is important to me because it brings back fundamental is=
sues of interest to me. First is the application of language in an interest=
ing and unusual=A0discourse. Second, is the realization that most people do=
 not actively listen to what they hear. Third, is our inability to do what =
is commonly referred to as "multi-tasking."=A0A large proportion of people =
cannot process multiple aural messages simultaneously.
All of these factors make Cage's work relevant today to sonic research. Peo=
ple had difficulty listening to multiple voices from sources at an instant =
in Cage's demonstration. I find people cannot discriminate a single voice b=
eyond their normal range of comprehension. All this points to a rupture in =
the communication chain, and that is what I find. How will we ever be able =
to communicate with aliens from space when we can't communicate with other =
terrestrial animals capable of speaking our language?
P.S.: Former girl friend married a Strandberg ...
Re: Cage 100
Thu Sep 6, 2012 4:51 pm (PDT) . Posted by:
"Klas Strandberg" klasstrandberg
there is a substance in this philosophical discussion, but I feel
that the beauty of the intellectual language hides the beauty of the
message itself... hmmm. (Cage would have liked that..)

Digits on a memory card are dead, as I see it. They are dead, and we
have put them there because we have ways to make them "come alive" in
a way that makes sense to our remembering of what it sounded in real
life. (If we were there and could feed our brain with such a memory, that i=

What other people will hear, who were not there, is a totally
different story.

Platon saw a danger in the written word, as - if writing down things
for later use - it would degrade our ways to memorize. He was right.
I never memorize things any more. There is always Google...
But has all my recording work in my garden made me forget what it
really sounds like?
Are my attempts to create a microphone that I love, "a vision of
paralysis and death"?
Hope not.

Lawrence Johnson and Michael Dalton,

what are your comments on this?


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