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In 1952, David Tudor sat down in front of a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds and did nothing. The piece 4?33--written by John Cage, is possibly the most famous and important piece in twentieth century avant-garde. 4?33--was a distillation of years of working with found sound, noise, and alternative instruments. In one short piece, Cage broke from the history of classical composition and proposed that the primary act of musical performance was not making music, but listening. Born in Los Angeles in 1912, Cage studied for a short time at Pamona College, and later at UCLA with classical composer Arthur Schoenberg

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Judith Wegmann, Andreas Kunz: Morton Feldmand - For John Cage

Read "Morton Feldmand - For John Cage" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro


Morton Feldman che omaggia John Cage? Come se Fellini avesse girato un film su Visconti. Questo non ci risulta sia mai accaduto, l'altra cosa sì, ed è già un bell'evento, ed è appunto ciò che trovate in quest'ora e mezza di musica disposta su due dischetti e frutto di un'incisione del febbraio 2021 in terra svizzera ...

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New to Another Timbre

Read "New to Another Timbre" reviewed by John Eyles


Any music fan casually scanning the credits of Another Timbre's catalogue of releases (which is rapidly nearing the two hundred mark) could not fail to be impressed by such established names as John Cage, Morton Feldman, Antoine Beuger and Jurg Frey. Just as impressive are those who have increased in popularity as a result of their ...

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Dave Sewelson: Smooth FreeJazz

Read "Smooth FreeJazz" reviewed by Mark Corroto


If you're a lover of adventurous music, you've certainly had the following experience. You take a seat in a coffee house or even worse in your dentist's chair and out of the speakers flows (stifle your tears) smooth jazz. You might welcome the John Cage—ian sound of the espresso frothier or the Merzbow noise of the ...

Article: My Playlist

Jessica Pavone: gli album che sto ascoltando

Read "Jessica Pavone: gli album che sto ascoltando" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero


1. Morton Feldman Patterns on a Chromatic Field (Tzadik, 2004) È il CD delle mie notti insonni. Lo suono nel mezzo della notte quando non riesco a dormire e vedo quello che succede. 2. Ramones Rocket to Russia (Sire Records, 1977) Grande musica da ascoltare a pranzo. Una ...

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Arturo O'Farrill & The Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble: Dreaming In Lions

Read "Dreaming In Lions" reviewed by Chris May


Music for dance comes in a variety of forms. At one end of the spectrum are abstract soundscapes composed without reference to the choreography with which they share the stage; an example being John Cage's work with the choreographer Merce Cunningham. At the other end of the spectrum is music written in close collaboration with the ...

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Apartment House: John Cage Number Pieces

Read "John Cage Number Pieces" reviewed by John Eyles


Even though it is only based on two of the label's previous releases—Wandelweiser und so weiter (2012) and Morton Feldman Piano (2019)— the reputation of Another Timbre box sets is enviably high. The music they contain, their sound quality, information, artwork and packaging all contribute to the fact that these albums are highly rated and sell ...

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Jim Yanda: A Silent Way

Read "A Silent Way" reviewed by Maurizio Comandini


Il titolo e i riferimenti evocati da questo album del chitarrista di avanguardia Jim Yanda, sono piuttosto scivolosi. Volutamente. Per fortuna John Cage ha già ampiamente chiarito che il silenzio non esiste in quanto tale e quindi il percorso silenzioso intrapreso da Yanda non ha punti in comune, se non nelle cose ovvie, con il percorso ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Instrumental Duos

Read "Instrumental Duos" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


The early days of jazz were not always harmonious. Converted dance orchestras often sounded like unbalanced acoustic junkyards; a single violin, cornet, trombone, clarinet, tuba, drums, banjo, and piano, all fighting for attention. The piano was meant to be the glue holding the shrill and boisterous elements together. In 1921 a prodigy pianist named Zez Confrey ...

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Fred Frith & Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn’t Know It’s Tall

Read "A Mountain Doesn’t Know It’s Tall" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Have you experienced a performance of John Cage's composition “4:33"? If you are not familiar, while studying Zen Buddhism, Cage wrote “four minutes, thirty-three seconds" to be performed solo or in any combination of instruments or players. The instructions were for the performers to NOT play their instruments for the allotted 273 seconds. Their 'silence' was ...


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