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  • Audio CD (14 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sub Rosa
  • ASIN: B00I4GTEYU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fontana Mix with Aria 1958 / 13'36
2. Imaginary Landscape n°.5 1952 / 3'00
3. WBAI 1960 / 7'00
4. Cartridge Music 1960 / 10'00
5. 0'00'' 1962 / 2'36
6. Variations I 1960 / 10'00

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'I believe the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard.' - John Cage 1937. Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios - for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 - his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhan's 'global village.' The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century. Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realisation of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realisation of Fontana Mix includes the individual mono tracks from Cage's original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited. (Robert Worby, LRC)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DIMOSTHENIS MILIARAS on 27 April 2014
Format: Audio CD
John Cage was a visionary in many art forms. However, his experiments in music have not been heard so often. More likely because of the difficulty to perceive his ideas and the kind of beauty these syntheses incorporate. Of course Cage considered all sounds, environmental noises, radios and ready made music as sources for his compositions with the addition of chance as a variable. Herein, the Langham Research Centre, a british avant-garde group of producers, musicians and non-musicians formed in 2003, realize some of his least performed compositions in a convincing way. If you love Cage, noise, improvisation or if you would like to hear something really different and intriguing, even though somehow familiar, you will enjoy very much this record.
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If you think that music should consist of melody, rhythm and nice sound, then you would be extremely disappointed with this cd. This is avant-garde music(you may consider it as only noises and dissonances) at its extreme, you would either love it or hate it, there is no middle-of-the-road. Recommended only to people who love innovation, revolution and chaos.
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Nice selection of compositions. 24 May 2014
By Alberto Satisfaction - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
This is a great album to listen with headphones.
There are some well-known compositions but other hardly recordeded before. If you're into Cage, this is a nice add to your collection. You're not going to find some of his well-known pieces for piano, this is rather experimental. Try it and open your ears.

Furthermore, if you're lucky enough, you'll have one of the limited edition white vinyl copies of this album. Only 1000 made. So, be lucky!
First-rate Electronic Cage 8 Jan. 2015
By Tom Furgas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
An excellent collection of six works for electronic media by Cage. The ensemble plays these works with authority and a keen commitment to realizing these indeterminate scores as they were meant to be performed. The recordings are first-rate, too. A very welcome addition to the Cage recorded library and legacy.
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