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Subject: Re: Cage 100
From: "Kevin Colver" kjcolver
Date: Fri Sep 7, 2012 11:06 am ((PDT))
Hi Bernie,
While I've sometimes thought that the recording I do as an art, Cage
seems to feel it is more of a craft.  If my recordings are "found art"
it doesn't change the joy I find in making those recordings or
listening to them again and again.  It is an honor for me to go out
into the natural world and find the "found art,"  even if the artist
is one higher than myself.  I'm pleased if I can be considered a good

Always great to hear from you.  BTW, I'm slow, but I'm carefully
reading your book and I absolutely love it all.  Brilliant
contribution to the field!

> >>
> >>> 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, "Found art," he sniffed. "That's 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."
> >>>
> >>> Bernie Krause
> >>>
> >>>

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