Fancy ones, “Music,” said composer Claude Debussy, “is the silence between the notes.” If true, then a minimalist might consider a piece of all silence. The Zen upshot of 4’33” is that silence is bursting with sounds. Though I wouldn’t call Cage a minimalist, being all-maximal in his explorations. 4’33” is an algorithm that frames an adaptive indeterminate experience produced using the formal logic of a classical music composition (it’s three movements with an audience and performers) That is was written In 1950 makes the piece seminal to culture everywhere. This piece laid the ground for the avant garde of the 60’s (minimalism) and thus made possible all kinds of contemporary popular & experimental music as well as visual arts. … Read More
Here’s a Karaoke version of Cage’s masterpiece for your home performances!