Monday, August 13, 2007

and another swipe at Cage in Griffiths' Electronic Music:

"All these pieces by Cage, it should be clear, cannot offer, and are not meant to offer, an auditory experience of any great significance."


He goes on:

"Their function is, rather, educational, in that they can serve to make the hearer aware of his sound environment, and for Cage this is perhaps the only intention. 'If you want to know the truth of the matter', Cage has said, 'the music I prefer, even to my own or anybody else's, is what we are hearing if we are just quiet.'"

So why then did he bother to put out all the records, one wonders. Bit of a distraction from the music of silence. Especially the godawful racket of HPSCHD.

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