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John Cage Presentation

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John Cage Presentation

  1. 1. John Cage 1912-1992
  2. 2. Background Desired Work Was Radically Different From The Music of His Time. Studied at Pamona College and Later UCLA. Cage Believed He Had No Feeling For Harmony, Colleagues Believed It Would Have Made It Impossible For Him To Write Music. Cage Worked to Investigate How Music Composed Through Chance Procedures Could Become Something Beautiful.
  3. 3. Early Experiments Involved Altering Standard Instruments. Put Screws and Plates Between Piano Strings. Used Radio Broadcasts, Shells, Water For Other Pieces.
  4. 4. Imaginary Landscape No. 1 One of the Earliest Electro-Acoustic Works Ever Composed. Performed With 2 Phono Turntables, Frequency Recordings, Cymbal, and Muted Piano. First of 5 Imaginary Landscapes Done By Cage. Written in 1939 at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
  5. 5. Reactions Eerie Sensation. Constant Frequency Sounds Create a Pattern. Seems to Follow a Narrative Structure of Sorts. Twilight Zone.
  6. 6. 4’33” Conceived between 1947-1948 Cage Wished For Listeners to Experience the Sounds Around Them During the Performance. Piece Entirely Silent, Separated into 3 Movements. Example of Automaticism, Piece Separated From Any Social Connections. Composer and Artist Removed From Process of Creation.
  7. 7. Reactions Focused on Environmental Sounds. Piece Allowed Presence of Sounds Often Overlooked or Excluded. Creation of Piece Derived From Personal Experience Aside From The Artist’s Creative Intentions.
  8. 8. First Construction in Metal Composed in 1939 in Seattle. Instruments used were mainly Percussion. First Time Cage Used Fixed Rhythmic Structures. Basic Structure: 4, 3, 2, 3, 4.
  9. 9. Reactions Bombastic, Definite Rhythm. All Sounds Working in Unison. Changes in Intensity Affect Mood. Supposed Found Objects Add a Great Deal To The Harmony.
  10. 10. Twilight Zone Theme Bernard Hermann