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    Cage, John – “Variations I V ” – [Legacy International]

    Both Cage, and his frequent collaborator David Tudor
    are gone now, but their legacy echoes in much of the
    music KFJC adds, as well as in the sounds you hear
    when walking down the street. Or better yet, in how
    you hear them. Cage was adept at composition qua
    composition, but was a man who thought as much or
    more than he played. His curiousity and penchant for
    experimentation were contagious, and would spread
    like mushrooms wherever he went. This piece (listen
    /play the track 1 1950’s educational-film-style intro
    for specifics) was orchestrated by dancers tripping
    diodes. Maybe even tripping dancers, who knows…
    Two rooms (stereo separated here?) with mics and
    record players and tape machines (THE post-modern
    musical instrument…with the sampler evolving from
    it). An eavesdropper’s delight of juxtaposed sounds
    that melt in your mind/not your ears. The highlights
    of a magical evening condensed into tracks here for
    you. A woman describes her failed marriage while a
    diva wails, typewriters and bombs provide percussion
    to marches, a doctor talking about fatigue leads
    into a horror soundtrack scream, that famous fuse
    piece burns through the Nutcracker. It’s like a
    vulcan mind-meld with one of the century’s most
    significant artist.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on July 23, 2005 at 10:09 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD
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