4ʹ33ʺ app A new app has just been launched, inspired by Cage’s 4ʹ33ʺ, allowing users to record their own versions of the groundbreaking work. Recordings, captured in three movements, can be uploaded and geo-tagged on the John Cage website, adding to an ever-growing atlas of the world’s ambient sounds.
… all silent but for the buzzing… exhibition
A forthcoming exhibition at the Royal College of Art Galleries will feature a ‘restaging’ of John Cage’s 4ʹ33ʺ. … all silent but for the buzzing… presented by Graduating RCA Curating Contemporary Art students will explore the indistinct spaces which lie between chatter and silence and is designed to be a multi-platform and multi-sensory experience. The exhibition runs from 6th-23rd March 2014, with opening and press views on 5th March. The restaging of 4ʹ33ʺ will take place as part of a performance weekend on 16th March. For further details please visit the exhibition website.
Frontiers Festival performances
New music group Thallein will perform a number of John Cage works, alongside pieces by Feldman and Brown, at the 2014 Frontiers Festival for contemporary and experimental music and arts in Birmingham. For Marcel Duchamp for prepared piano has been rearranged by Sam James for small ensemble and the performance will be accompanied by a visual art installation by Mark Dawson. For further details of the event and festival please visit the website.
New CD on the Sub Rosa label
Following the tremendous success of their recording of the Cage Song Books, Sub Rosa have just released a new CD of John Cage’s early electronic music. The Langham Research Centre have produced a set of performances of Cage’s early electronic and tape music with a special emphasis on using the same resources that Cage himself would have used – thus experiencing the same limitations, but also exposing the visionary nature of this music. To find out more about the Langham Research Centre and the recording process visit their website.
Works for Piano, Prepared Piano and Toy Piano
February Pieces for Piano and Octet '61 for Jasper Johns