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The Rockefeller Years, 1964 to Spring 1968

Renée Levine Packer

in This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199730773
eISBN:
9780199863532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730773.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter describes the series of coincidences that led to the creation of the Center of the Creative and Performing Arts; assembling the first group of Creative Associates by Lukas Foss and the ... More


Postwar Experimentalism: John Cage

Broyles Michael

in Mavericks and Other Traditions in American Music

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300100457
eISBN:
9780300127898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300100457.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

Many people in America or even the world probably know who John Cage is, but only a few may have actually heard his music. Cage understood how technology altered Western musical culture, yet rejected ... More


Muzak-Plus and the Art of Participation

Hervé Vanel

in Triple Entendre: Furniture Music, Muzak, Muzak-Plus

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037993
eISBN:
9780252095252
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037993.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This chapter discusses the composer John Cage's interest in Muzak and his concept of “Muzak-plus”. Cage's long-lasting interest in muzak was not because he liked Muzak, or that he was sympathetic to ... More


Feldman in Buffalo: Fall 1972

Renée Levine Packer

in This Life of Sounds: Evenings for New Music in Buffalo

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199730773
eISBN:
9780199863532
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730773.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

Composer Morton Feldman comes to Buffalo as the visiting Slee Professor of Music and enters into a mutually appreciative relationship with the Creative Associates. While Michael Tilson Thomas ... More


New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Amy Beal

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This book documents how American experimental music and its practitioners came to prominence in the West German cultural landscape between the end of the Second World War in 1945 and the ... More


The Spirit Inside Each Object: Oskar Fischinger, Sound Phonography, and the “Inner Eye”

Richard H. Brown

in Through The Looking Glass: John Cage and Avant-Garde Film

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190628079
eISBN:
9780190628116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190628079.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter addresses the question of sound on film, that is, the optical imprint of sound in the recording mechanism within the realm of visual music studies. The conceptual critique of visual ... More


Among the Everywheres: Global Crowds and the Networked Planet

Ursula K. Heise

in Sense of Place and Sense of Planet: The Environmental Imagination of the Global

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
September 2008
ISBN:
9780195335637
eISBN:
9780199869022
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335637.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Building on Ch. 1, this chapter analyzes scientific texts, novels, films and poems between the 1960s and the 1990s that explore the relationship between local, national, and global forms of identity ... More


John Cage (1992)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000: 1965-2000

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195151152
eISBN:
9780199850044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0046
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about the contributions of John Cage. He expresses his appreciation for the integrity and consistency of Cage as a person. It has also been suggested that ... More


Zen Influence, Inherence, and Denial: Reconsidering Postwar Zen and Art

Gregory P. A. Levine

in Long Strange Journey: On Modern Zen, Zen Art, and Other Predicaments

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780824858056
eISBN:
9780824876906
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824858056.003.0007
Subject:
Art, Art History

Centering on the work and reception of the composer John Cage, famous for his “indeteminant” works, Yoshihara Jirō and his “Circle works,” and the filmmaker Ozu Yasujirō’s Tokyo Story, this chapter ... More


Ambassadors for the American Avant-garde 1955–1958

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines a period during the mid-fifties when a series of performances by John Tudor and John Cage in Darmstadt in 1958 established American experimental music as a central part of ... More


No Ear for Music: The Scary Purity of John Cage

Richard Taruskin

in The Danger of Music and Other Anti-Utopian Essays

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520249776
eISBN:
9780520942790
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520249776.003.0034
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter focuses on the achievements of American composer John Cage, and reasons for his notoriety and being famous. People often wrote him off as a jester, with his homemade instruments, his ... More


Getting Inside the Sound: The Works from 1959 to 1960

Jeremy Grimshaw

in Draw a Straight Line and Follow It: The Music and Mysticism of La Monte Young

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199740208
eISBN:
9780199918713
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740208.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines the transitional but highly influential works La Monte Young composed as a graduate student at U.C. Berkeley, as a composer for Anna Halprin’s dance studio, and as a new arrival ... More


Musics of Change: Action eifter Cage (1959–1961)

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter outlines the extent of John Cage's influence in Darmstadt and elsewhere and documents how German composers, musicians, critics, and patrons reacted to American experimentalism. It ... More


Debuts 1950–1954

Amy C. Beal

in New Music, New Allies: American Experimental Music in West Germany from the Zero Hour to Reunification

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520247550
eISBN:
9780520932814
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520247550.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter traces key events in the history of radio broadcasting and new music festivals up to 1954, when John Cage first visited Germany and performed with pianist David Tudor at the ... More


Making Sense of Silence: John Cage’s Queer Avant-Garde

Philip M. Gentry

in What Will I Be: American Music and Cold War Identity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780190299590
eISBN:
9780190299620
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190299590.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The premiere of John Cage’s 4′33″ in 1952 is considered against the backdrop of McCarthyist persecution of gay men. Drawing upon the “aesthetic of indifference,” Cage’s work is situated within the ... More


M. C. Richards’s Vanishing Point

Jenni Sorkin

in Live Form: Women, Ceramics, and Community

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780226303116
eISBN:
9780226303253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226303253.003.0005
Subject:
Art, Art History

The potter and poet M.C. (Mary Caroline) Richards (1916-1999) was a crucial interlocutor between disparate artistic media and its networks of artists and thinkers in 1950s American art. Working ... More


John Cage and the Mystification of Musical Silence

Jael Kraut

in Powers: Religion as a Social and Spiritual Force

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2011
ISBN:
9780823231560
eISBN:
9780823235537
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fso/9780823231560.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This chapter analyzes the compositions of John Cage, a composer who uses silence with reference mysticism as a means of religious empowerment to unify humankind with the ... More


Introduction

David W. Bernstein

in Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226044071
eISBN:
9780226044873
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226044873.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Philosophy of Music

This book highlights the works of John Cage, who is known as a tireless provocateur and propagandist for a small community of avant-garde musicians, artists, and writers. Today his work is recognized ... More


Sound, Time, and Duration

Christoph Cox

in Sonic Flux: Sound, Art, and Metaphysics

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226543031
eISBN:
9780226543208
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226543208.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter argues that sound art marks a radical shift in the concept of temporality, a shift from “time” to “duration.” It examines John Cage’s important distinction between “time-objects” and ... More


Kinship: Cage, Tudor, and the New Timbral Utopia

Jennifer Iverson

in Electronic Inspirations: Technologies of the Cold War Musical Avant-Garde

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780190868192
eISBN:
9780190929138
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190868192.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

WDR composers drew from several sources in creating their electronic timbral utopia, including John Cage’s early works. His compelling prepared piano pieces provided a model for the new sounds of ... More


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