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Cage, John – “Bird Cage ” – [Emf - Electronic Music Fo]

Recorded in 1972, John was inspired by a beer coaster
from a bar called The Bird Cage in Philadelphia. This
project was constructed from a number of source tapes
from three catagories: bird sounds Cage had collected
from the few previous weeks, John singing his work
Mureau (which is based on the writings of Henry David
Thoreau), and random found sounds including teeth
brushing, running water, nose blowing, etc. Of course
the birds are what stand out. Everything from
sparrows, to owls, to geese to little chirpers.
Listening through headphones is key to hearing the
multiple layers of birds. Some slowed down and
tweaked effects on the vocals make this feel like
you’re talking to the birds in your own language on
slow motion in your head. The last 2 tracks are
interviews, no music. Excellent!
-cinderaura

  • Reviewed by cinder on January 17, 2008 at 1:31 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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