Background Desired Work Was Radically Different From The Music of His Time. Studied at Pamona College and Later UCLA. Cage Believed He Had No Feeling For Harmony, Colleagues Believed It Would Have Made It Impossible For Him To Write Music. Cage Worked to Investigate How Music Composed Through Chance Procedures Could Become Something Beautiful.
Early Experiments Involved Altering Standard Instruments. Put Screws and Plates Between Piano Strings. Used Radio Broadcasts, Shells, Water For Other Pieces.
Imaginary Landscape No. 1 One of the Earliest Electro-Acoustic Works Ever Composed. Performed With 2 Phono Turntables, Frequency Recordings, Cymbal, and Muted Piano. First of 5 Imaginary Landscapes Done By Cage. Written in 1939 at the Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA.
Reactions Eerie Sensation. Constant Frequency Sounds Create a Pattern. Seems to Follow a Narrative Structure of Sorts. Twilight Zone.
4’33” Conceived between 1947-1948 Cage Wished For Listeners to Experience the Sounds Around Them During the Performance. Piece Entirely Silent, Separated into 3 Movements. Example of Automaticism, Piece Separated From Any Social Connections. Composer and Artist Removed From Process of Creation.
Reactions Focused on Environmental Sounds. Piece Allowed Presence of Sounds Often Overlooked or Excluded. Creation of Piece Derived From Personal Experience Aside From The Artist’s Creative Intentions.
First Construction in Metal Composed in 1939 in Seattle. Instruments used were mainly Percussion. First Time Cage Used Fixed Rhythmic Structures. Basic Structure: 4, 3, 2, 3, 4.
Reactions Bombastic, Definite Rhythm. All Sounds Working in Unison. Changes in Intensity Affect Mood. Supposed Found Objects Add a Great Deal To The Harmony.