So remember Cage and 4’33” and all the talking we did about that last year? And in Art History, if anyone’s taken some for any reason, that covers recent-ish stuff? Or just plain History; I think we talked about it in high school. Anyway, I’m on board mostly. I think it’s an interesting, paradigm-shifting idea, and I like examining my relationship with silence… blah, blah.
Did you know he also has a piece that will run for 639 years? Apparently it started in 2001, and you have to wait months for a chord change. Whaaaaat.
Fans of Cage, such as board chairman of the town’s John Cage Organ Foundation, Rainer Neugebauer, say that the performance is a rebuke of hectic modern life.
“Everything does not need to happen so fast. If something needs a bit longer then it can give us an inner calm that is rare in normal life.”
Update, Nov. 28: There is competition for the world’s longest concert. On Twitter, Mark Polishook alerts Arts Post to Longplayer, a 1,000-year-long musical score that is being played by computers.
You have to admit, it’s a little funny. I also find it fascinating in terms of – church organ vs. computer, and generally how we’re in a place where besides thinking of this stuff we can automate it…mechanically and electronically! When I read the title of the initial article about a 639-year concert, I was imagining that Cage thought he was going to live that long and had committed to playing something constantly, or there were multiple artists playing in shifts, and I was like, “Uh, buddy…” but no. It’s more like installation art, I guess, or a very long-lived exhibit, like the Gutenberg Bible. Can we still use the word “concert”?
Unrelatedly, but VERY interestingly…
Click here for an image I didn’t want to post as “theatre news” exactly but found super-helpful in light of all the talking we’re doing about relative amounts of money. Information presented accessibly – for me, at least – so I thought other people might enjoy it as well. Definitely click through to the “huge” version and look closely!