Sunday, January 27, 2013

John Cage, "Williams Mix"

The piece begins with a momentary flash of a very subtle hum of what may or may not be an audience. This is quickly drowned out by what appears to be the tuning of a radio complete with multiple moments of white noise, bringing an element of texture and tonality to the piece. The content within these brief moments of clarity while the tuning of the radio occurs intensifies as the piece continues accompanied by a frog-like croaking sound giving the piece depth and narrative. As the song arrives at its finishing point there is a recording of an audience cheering and jarring that lasts long enough to allow the listener to question if it is part of the piece or part of the environment in which it was performed. 

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