Archive for September, 2007


As the main theme of discussion currently seems to be “accidental music” or indeed intended music of the quiet variety (4.33), it occurred to me to bring this up.

Often as you walk down the street listening to cars, footsteps, wind and anything else that may be around, you pass people who are listening to other music on headphones.

Is this rude? Is it closed-minded? Or is it simply based on preference of the genre? On the one hand it’s beyond rude to go to one person’s concert and play someone else’s music in headphones – on the other hand, if we never stopped to put on our headphones (because of being caught up in the “surrounding” music), we’d miss out on a lot of the beauties and intricacies of prepared music.

We can’t really be expected to sit there in our rooms listening to 4.33 all day. So where do we draw the line?
What is a good balance?

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“… Integrating these is composing. I have nothing to say and I am saying it…” (John Cage).

I think you should all have a look at this YouTube performance of the Cage piece (4’33”) we discussed last week.
Here is the orchestral version of it. Also nice. 4’33”. Note the audience’s and orchestra’s reactions in-between movements!!! And of course the applause in the Barbican Hall at the end of the work. Astounding!

And then this version which I don’t find very convincing. What are your views on this?

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music is:

music is a combination of sounds spread over a period of time.

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As far as I can remember the initial question was “Is this a concert?”. Google defines a concert as “A public performance of music” so how do you actually define music? It it simple a personal perception, or does it have recipe which must be consulted before it can be created?

Let the debate begin……. Muhahahahahahahaha!!!

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Enjoyed the class today, esp. all the animal sounds… “baa”…
Have a look at this chart here, an amazing collection of “multilingual animal sounds”.
Boy, can I see this as a nice tool for our next improvisation. Go and practice some of these!!!! See you next week.

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  • use the ‘introduction’ category on your first post;
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[Update 26 Sep 07: It appear that you can now add your own keywords that are not listed in the category section by adding tags. You can add tags to your post when you are writing them or when you edit them latter. The tag window is just below the window that you use for typing in the content of your post.]

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