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John Wilkes Booth 07-06-2015 05:13 AM

pc issue of the day pt. 4:33 isn't music
it's performance art

i say music should be recognizable/enjoyable in audio format only

which 4:33 isn't

if you found a tape with a recording of that on it with no context given, you wouldn't know whether it was a song or just some audio footage from a surveillance system

where as if you found a tape with some avant garde bs on it... even some frownland tier avant garde tomfoolery... you would probably be able to recognize it as an attempt at music just from the audio alone

at the end of the day art is meant to convey some sort of emotional message... and we break it down into categories based mostly on the way in which that message is presented

the only way we contextualize 4:33 is by the fact that we sit there watching the orchestra not play music

that's the only way the message gets transmitted that what is happening even qualifies as art

thus no visual = no 4:33

thus 4:33 is performance art not music

frownland lied to all of you

now where's my trophy?


Plankton 07-06-2015 07:25 AM

I think the real issue here is capitalization.

Machine 07-06-2015 07:25 AM

Not this again. Yeah its music.

Goofle 07-06-2015 07:47 AM

It probably is music. It's just not music worth wasting your time with.

Key 07-06-2015 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by John Wilkes Booth (Post 1610957)

i say music should be recognizable/enjoyable in audio format only

which 4:33 isn't


Frownland 07-06-2015 09:05 AM

Ja, this is a very old and tired argument. So how about we talk about some of John Cage's other works? Did you guys know that Cage was also a painter? This is his most infamous and controversial painting, titled 12"x18". Personally, I find it genius because most paintings force their audiences to focus on the painting itself, while beauty does not only exist in the frames of a canvas. By removing the focus from the artist's ego and accentuating the wall behind the painting and the negative space in between the viewer and the piece, Cage successfully pointed out that there is more to art than what we conventionally recognize. My favourite part about the painting is that it is different in every location; no two viewings will be the same. Some will be amazing, some will be boring. Brilliant piece of art imo, and if you don't want to call it art, you're plain wrong.

Key 07-06-2015 09:09 AM

^all I see is a blank canvas? Is that the painting?

Plankton 07-06-2015 09:10 AM

it's a polar bear in a snow storm

Key 07-06-2015 09:11 AM

Well whatever it is, its not art. I don't see how that can be considered art.

Frownland 07-06-2015 09:12 AM

Art is whatever the artist says it is. That is inarguable imo. Whether or not it's good is another situation entirely.

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