[linux-audio-user] Thesis: Playing and making music

Cesare Marilungo cesare at poeticstudios.com
Tue Dec 12 17:23:28 EST 2006

Cesare Marilungo wrote:
> Atte André Jensen wrote:
>> Cesare Marilungo wrote:
>>> 4' 33" was intended as a performance piece, so the noise made by the 
>>> audience emerged as music, probably in a way that automatically 
>>> follows certain rules. So it is much more a generative technique 
>>> than a provocation.
>> I understand that. It's just not music (at least to me)...
> In these discussions we have to consider how, when and why we listen 
> to what we consider music. And how it was meant to be listened to. 
> Obviously, if I have to decide what to put on my mp3 player for a trip 
> I'd rather put Miles Davis 'Kind of blue' or, even better, my whole 
> collection of the 70ies canterbury scene than John Cage.
I'd put this too on the mp3 player, since I'm learning Ruby:


> Listening to Cage to me is more like reading a book about zen 
> philosophy. Nonetheless, I'm listening to a record, or better to a 
> performance.
> Incidentally, Cage works are far more interesting as an artistic 
> statement while most popular music act as a way to trigger certain 
> emotions (and that's what most call music). The latter is somewhat 
> instrumental. I listen to 'Kind of blue' when I want to be consoled, 
> when I'm sad. When I'm programming I prefer 'Bitches brew'. :-)
> c.
>>> That's why a performance of Cage 4' 33" is more musical (and for me 
>>> it is art, too) than 4' 33" of any sound whatsoever.
>> Ok...


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