Saturday, November 5, 2005

John Cage

My God, My Master, My Lord, My Leader John Cage. He was born in Los Angeles, 5 September 1912 and died at New York, 12 August 1992. His famous performance was 4'33". He was one of the leader of Video Art. He introduced me with the strength of Silence, the way of Zen Buddhism. 4′33″ is a musical work but no sounds.

In the late 1940s, Cage visited the anechoic Chamber at Harvard University. An anechoic chamber is a room designed in such a way that the walls, ceiling and floor will absorb all sounds made in the room, rather than bouncing them back as echoes. They are also generally soundproofed. Cage entered the chamber expecting to hear silence, but as he wrote later, he "heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation." Whatever the truth of these explanations, Cage had gone to a place where he expected there to be no sound, and yet there was some. "Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music." The realisation as he saw it of the impossibility of silence led to the composition of his most notorious piece, 4′33″.( ref: wiki )

Most of My art works could be influenced by Cage's Ideology cuz I do love silence and I wanna feel silence as well.
He described his music as "purposeless play", but "this play is an affirmation of life—not an attempt to bring order out of chaos, nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply to wake up to the very life we are living, which is so excellent once one gets one’s mind and desires out the way and lets it act of its own accord."

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