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Fontana Mix

John Cage Audio CD

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1. FONTANA MIX
2. FIRST CONSTRUCTION
3. MUSIC FOR CARILLON
4. WILLIAMS MIX
5. THE CITY WEARS A SLOUCH
6. MUSIC OF CHANGES

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The desire to find new sounds and to abandon the traditional role of the
composer as a controlling authority were hallmarks of John Cage s career
and made him at once a revered and reviled figure in modern music.
Composer, philospher, poet, graphic artist and mycologist (authority on
mushrooms), the pioneering Cage used carefully structured segments of time
and filled them with sound materials derived by chance processes such as the
rolling of a dice or the use of the I Ching. In perhaps the ultimate and most
outrageous - statement of the aesthetic, he wrote 4 33 , a piece involving
total silence on the part of the performer, into which the random sounds of the
world enter.
John Cage s legacy extends far beyond the world of contemporary classical
music. After him, no one could look at a painting, a book, or a person without
wondering how they might sound if you listened closely.
Our edition of historic John Cage recordings features his first bona fide
electronic piece, Williams Mix, consisting of a series of collages made up of
over 600 tapes and assembled through I Ching principles and his own thrilling
realisation of the tape collage that is Fontana Mix. Music for Carillon - multiple
church bells, First Construction in Metal - 5 thunder sheets, sleigh bells, water
gong, siren, 12 oxen bells, Japanese temple gongs, Turkish cymbals, anvils and
Chinese gongs, Music of Changes - a seminal 20th century composition
(performed by David Tudor), the first work to be fully realised using chance
operations and The City Wears a Slouch Hat where Cage was commissioned, in
1942 by CBS "Columbia Workshop" to write music to accompany a radio play by
beat-poet Kenneth Patchen. Decades ahead of its time, Cage's music is scored
for "sound orchestra" of 5 percussionists along with live and recorded sound
effects.

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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Life is music to me- Listen to it and you will find a song 20 Jan 2014
By Russell C. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have a very eccelectic collection of music and also have a strong sense of music pleasures that cover soundworlds that are performed with instruments, electronic performances, concrete, classical, jazz and many many more.
I take pleasure in my willingness to explore in sound worlds and often find something "special" in something that has a new unique- ness that I can reconnect and give me a sense of why I enjoy music or sounds that are presented and recorded and sold for the listener (me in this case) to sit and take it in within the world I have created = home.
I enjoy John Cage and his numerous different approaches in describing his form of "music" or connecting in a human composed experience...
This particular CD "Fontana Mix" does not tweak my own need to explore or fall into what the story or idea is being presented to stay with it and be in the experience...This is the best description I can share about this particular performance piece..
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