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    John Cage

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    John Cage Defined in the 1950s John Cage is considered by many to be the defining voice of avant-garde music throughout the 20th century. Fusing philosophy with composition, he reinvented the face of modern music, leading composer Arnold Schoenberg to declare, "Of course he's not a composer, but he's an inventor -- of genius" (Kostelanetz 6). For Cage, the 1950s brought a series of critical events that both refined his message as a composer and brought him great fame, or infamy to some. His interest

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    John Cage is a modern American composer who is probably the most controversial musician to ever live. Born in 1912 in Los Angeles, California, no one, not even Cage himself, thought he would become a composer. But he did have desires to create at a young age. He used these desires to later make some of the most revolutionary music of the century. But how did Cage begin writing music at all? What is so revolutionary about his music? Cage was born into an Episcopalian family and when he was young planned

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    John Milton Cage Jr.

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    John Milton Cage Jr. John Cage became famous for his unorthodox theories and very experimental compositions. He was an American composer born in Los Angeles on September 5, 1912. Neither of his parents went to college, and John himself dropped out after a mere two years in college. His father earned a living being an inventor. Cage credits his father, being an inventor, as very influential to the way in which he wrote music. John also considered himself as an innovator and discoverer in the

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    John Cage Research Paper

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    John Cage was born on September 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California and died on August 12, 1992, in New York City. Throughout his long 80 year life, Cage transformed the way music was composed and performed, altering previously held conceptions about the art of music. Cage is characterized as an American “avant-garde composer”, which is one that works with experimental, radical, or unorthodox, techniques with respect to art, culture, and society. Works that are characterized as avant-garde could

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    music Analysis

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    that is what the composer John Cage believed. Even the smallest hint of innovation and critical thinking can change the world. A new idea can reform the way we see things, or even hear things for that matter. John Cage was seen to many people as an innovator and a musical genius. He argued for the idea that music is more than conventional idea that follows strict form and limits. Instead he celebrated the relationship between noise, silence, and vibrations. As John Cage strayed from societal norms

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    famous due to its extant karesansui, or dry landscape garden. This is said to be added by Hosokawa Masamoto in 1488 during reconstruction of the monastery (Brinker 80).The karesansui was used for the basic purpose of meditation by Zen monks. (expand) John Cage was a composer who lived from 1912-1992. He is famous for minimalist works that frequently explore different aspects of rhythm. In 1983, he started writing “Ryoanji,” named after Ryōan-ji in Kyoto. In this piece, he combines traditional and non-traditional

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    The Sound of Silence Discussion

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    but for John Cage this could not be farther from the truth. Most people would agree with the dictionary definition that no noise is silence but Cage believed that silence is sound. Cage was not only a great composer but is known for his odd perspective and philosophy on silence and sound. His unique outlook differs from many composers, he believed to let “sounds be themselves” and to not manipulate them (“John Cage- Music, Sound and Silence). As stated in the YouTube video of John Cage about silence

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    oversaw different interactions. Chance methods pushed Cunningham’s imagination beyond habit and helped him avoid clichés. He grew inspiration from his musical director John Cage, abstract expressionism, and Zen Buddhism’s eastern philosophy (pg. 57, Aperture). Cunningham and Cage worked side by side in using change procedures, Cage sustained them through the process of realizing a work in performance and Cunningham wished to use chance not in performance

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    work, the possible exclusion of such sections, and subjective interpretation of temporal and spatial pitch relations. Also called “chance music,” aleatory music has been produced in abundance since 1945 by several composers, the most notable being John Cage, Pierre Boulez, and Iannis Xenakis. Aleatoric (or aleatory) music or composition, is music where some element of the composition is left to chance. The term became known to European composers through the lectures which acoustician Werner Meyer-Eppler

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    What is Music?

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    things that you can experience. Like John Cage said in the third video we viewed, we have become very narrow minded in our thinking, even in the things we love such as music. I believe Cage is trying to get us to realize the beauty in things that are around us. He believes we should all strive to have an open mind about everything that is going on and to slow down and enjoy what is around us already. My idea of music has been greatly challenged by John Cage. While I do not believe I am completely

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