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Old 06-21-2007, 02:45 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I haven't actually listened to any of his work, though I've been meaning to for a long time (if anyone has any, I'd appreciate an upload) but I've read some of what he's written and I find it pretty interesting. It's easy to write him off as a pretentious nutjob but then again so are most revolutionary musicians. In any case, I really created this thread to share this link:

John Cage - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia

because I find it to be absolutely hilarious.
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Old 06-21-2007, 11:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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His music is far from Classical. More Avant Garde than anything.

Anyway, heres a video.

YouTube - John Cage 4'33

And to think some of the people who call the music I listen to "pretentious" actually love this guy.

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Old 06-25-2007, 03:18 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I also disagree with this being avant garde. I believe his genre is minimalism which falls under the umbrella term of classical.
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Old 06-29-2007, 06:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I saw this on last.fm and it made me laugh:

28. 4'33" 126 plays

In any case, some of his music is very interesting. Lots of compositions based on chance (which kind of remind me of Doctor Nerve) some minimalist stuff... it's all good.
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like most of his works. I really enjoyed his book, Silence. I highly recommend it to those who love music, poetry or philosophy.

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ahahah John Cage! It's so strange
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Old 01-31-2011, 03:37 PM   #7 (permalink)
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John Cage is a genius in his own way. I've never listened to anything he's recorded(it's strange he recorded anything. He HATED listening to records felt they poorly captured the experience).

I consider him more a philosopher/teacher than a composer/musician. However, after watching a documentary on him, and hearing him read a lot of his narrative. He profoundly effected my grasp on what I consider music.
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I'm pretty much in the same boat. I've listened to very little of his record work (pretty much just Indeterminacy, but I listen to 4'33 everyday!!! HYUK HYUK), but I'll be damned if he's not an utter genius just based on what he's said and how he's went about proving/articulating what he's said.

Looking forward to hearing his String Quartets that I got a while back.
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Cant understand this composer.
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Cant understand this composer.
Don't think of him as a composer, think of him as a philosopher. That's what I do.
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