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New Ways of Being Together: Laurie Anderson and John Cage

Art as Experience: Podcasts

With insights from our recent episode on postmodernism, we reprise our conversation about the Laurie Anderson exhibit currently at the Hirshhorn Museum of Art in DC.  We draw out the connections between Anderson’s work and that of John Cage: even though their music is completely different, their ethical purposes are in alignment.


18 Jul 2022

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52. The Sound of Silence: John Cage's 4'33"


What even IS music? In this ep, Mat and Tim give a thrilling performance of a piece of music that leads to a, uh, deep conversation. Pass me that!

28 Mar 2022

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Episode 141 | Choreography, John Cage, and the Wonders of Silent Performances


On today’s episode, Jonathan, Katherine, and David discuss what choreography is, who John Cage was, and how silent performances like Cage's 4”33 changed the way people perceive performances. The trio also works together to answer the scenario of three dancers standing immobile in front of a moving background. Is this considered a composed dance? Is the silence meaningful? You can get all the answers to these questions in today's podcast!


21 Sep 2021

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John Cage

How Not

Kim and Luca sit down to discuss the life and work of one of Kim's biggest inspirations - John Cage.In a conversation as far-reaching as Cage's influence we cover...Zen BuddhismSilenceHuman cyborgsHis Philosophy on music and artHis relationship with Merce CunninghamHis collaborators including Merce, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Nam June Paik and more.(And as a special treat for those who make it to the end, we take a peek at some James Joyce's letters to Nora Barnacle.)Links - Gagosian Premieres - Gerhard Richter's Cage Paintings w/ Patti SmithInterview with John Cage and Merce CunninghamNeil Harbisson - I Listen in Colour

1hr 19mins

14 Jun 2021

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Podcast #6: Sinatra, John Cage, and a Monk

EAT the Podcast

Each podcast will be inspired by new music that we have recorded with our trio. We talk about the recording session and we give you some sneak peeks from the recording. Join us in Podcast #6. In this episode Raoul and Tobias talk about our recording session with the weirdest combination of musical styles so far.  Check our bandcamp page: electroacoustictrio.bandcamp.com. Here you can buy or listen to the music from each podcast. To support us on Patreon and become an exclusive member: https://www.patreon.com/EATthePodcast


23 Apr 2021

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John Cage: A Mycological Foray

Mushroom Revival Podcast

In today's show, we attempt to visit the mind of John Cage. A beloved artist and lesser known mycologist, John Cage created a variety of works with fungi as a central muse. Cage is famous for his musical compositions and performances, but today we are going spotlight his mycophilia and impact his devotion to mushrooms had on his creative and metaphysical senses.We are joined by the two authors who compiled John Cage: A Mycological Foray , Pascale Georgiev and Kingston Trinder, to talk about Cage's related archives and works. Audio featuring  Mushrooms et Variationes  is courtesy of the ©John Cage Trust. Topics Covered:Archival works of the Atelier Éditions Publishing HouseJohn Cage as a cult figure and influence in contemporary music, performance, and citizen scienceThe famous 4'33" Anechoic chambers & Cage's search for silenceEvents that speak to Cage's mycological experitiseCage's mesostics titled Mushrooms et VariationesCage's collection of notes titled Indeterminacy Show Notes:John Cage: A Mycological Foray: http://atelier-editions.com/store/john-cage-a-mycological-foray Kingston Trinder's Website: https://kingstontrinder.com/Pascale Georgiev's Website: https://www.pascalegeorgiev.com/Scent Artist Sissel Tolaas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsllZ7GTKrAFurther reading:https://www.theguardian.com/music/2020/aug/19/mushrooms-mortality-john-cage-fungi-mycologyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odh2UhSxB9Ywww.mushroomrevival.comWe are a functional mushroom company and make 100% certified USDA Organic and Vegan mushroom supplements. We are transparent with our lab results, and use actual fruiting bodies aka mushrooms! We provide our supplements in tincture, capsule, powder, and delicious gummy form. Energy (Cordyceps): Need a little pick-me-up before a workout or when you’re picking up your kids from school? The Energy Cordyceps is the mushy match for you.Focus (Lion’s Mane):  Needing a little more focus in your daily life? Lion’s Mane is known to be the mushroom for the brain and may support cognitive function.Calm (Reishi): Looking for some tranquility and zen in your life? Reishi will bring you into the zen state of mind you’ve been searching for.Daily 10 (Mushroom Mix): It’s like having 10 bodyguard mushrooms fighting off all those bad guys. This is a good place to start as it contains all of the daily mushies you need. Not sure where to begin? Take our mushroom quiz here.Use code ‘PODTREAT’ for a 30% discount.


14 Apr 2021

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Silent Witness: John Cage, Zen and Japan

The Radio 3 Documentary

John Cage is arguably the most important composer of the 20th century, even though he's perhaps famous, or infamous depending on your point of view, for writing a piece of music that is 4'33" of silence.Famous because it made his reputation - after all composers write music not silence – and infamous because not unsurprisingly, it's outraged, perplexed and fascinated audiences since its premiere in 1952.Cage though was deadly serious about his silent piece, and Robert Worby goes on an odyssey to find out what Cage thought silence was, and why silence was central to his life and work.Robert goes to the quietest place in the UK - so quiet you can't hear a pin drop - to experience what John Cage did, when he entered an anechoic chamber in the 50s in search of silence.But it's not as straightforward as you might think, as Robert discovers Cage didn't find the silence he was seeking, and instead found something even more surprising.The key to understanding 4’33”, and Cage’s fascination with silence, is his interest in the discipline of Zen Buddhism, which unlocked a whole new world of hearing sound that he charted through chance operations. It led to a meeting of like minds when Cage met Yoko Ono in New York who instantly saw the Zen influence on his work. In 1962 Ono and her husband, Toshi Ichiyanagi, invited Cage to visit Japan - his Zen spiritual homeland - a trip that later became known as the ‘Cage Shock’. It was a turning point in his career whose ground breaking performances sealed his reputation as the most controversial and experimental composer in the world.The programme features two UK premieres on Radio 3, an interview Robert recorded with John Cage when he met the composer in NYC in the 80s after finding his number in the phone book, and Cage reading his Lecture on Nothing, his enigmatic musing on silence.Produced by Andrew Carter - A BBC Radio Cumbria Production.Photograph of D.T.Suzuki and John Cage meeting in Japan 1962, courtesy of the John Cage Trust.


15 Jul 2020

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"4'33" by John Cage (Twenty Thousand Hertz)

Strong Songs

It seemed pretty unlikely that Strong Songs would ever cover John Cage's infamous "silent" composition "4'33", so we figured, on this off-week, it'd be fun to run an episode of the fabulous podcast Twenty Thousand Hertz on the subject instead. (Also, Kirk and 20KHz host Dallas Taylor like one another's shows and decided to do a little cross promotion.) This episode originally ran on January 22, 2020, and the full show notes and credits are below. You can find out more about Twenty Thousand Hertz at the show's website, https://www.20k.org. This is a really cool podcast episode. Hope you dig it! ORIGINAL 20KHz SHOW NOTES (Aired 01/22/2020) This episode was written and produced by Martin Zaltz Austwick. John Cage was a respected composer when, in 1952, he created his “silent piece”, 4’33’’ - a piece that would have the music world scratching their heads. This episode asks whether 4’33’’ is really “silent”, and we explore the history of a piece musicians still talk about today - and speak to the man who campaigned to get it to the top the British charts in 2010. Featuring composers Kyle Gann and Nahre Sol, and artist Dave Hilliard. MUSIC FEATURED IN THIS EPISODE Plastic Furniture by Audioblocks Sleepwalker by Hey Lunar Minor Stretch by Sound of Picture Footnote by Martin Zaltz Austwick A Bad Crossword (Instrumental) by Martin Zaltz Austwick Snowmelt by Martin Zaltz Austwick Slow Minnesota by Martin Zaltz Austwick Am Trans by Martin Zaltz Austwick Got Spark by Martin Zaltz Austwick Twenty Thousand Hertz is produced out of the studios of Defacto Sound, and hosted by Dallas Taylor. Follow the show on Twitter & Facebook. Become a monthly contributor at 20k.org/donate. Check out Kyle Gann’s No Such Thing as Silence: John Cage's 4'33" wherever you get your books. See Nahre’s work at nahresol.com. Find Dave Hilliard on Instragram at davehilliardart. Listen to more of Martin Zaltz Austwick’s music at palebirdmusic.com.


15 Jul 2020

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Song Review: 4'33" - John Cage


In this episode we discuss the composition 4'33" by American composer John Cage.  View a performance of this piece here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTEFKFiXSx4 Find more episodes of the Andrew Lake Podcast here: Podbean: https://andrewlakepodcast.podbean.com/ iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/andrew-lake-podcast/id1439388762?mt=2 Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/36T6M5UiOt9E35U6faNQUi Twitter: https://twitter.com/LakePodcast Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/JonoLakeside


23 Jun 2020

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*Q#4* Guest: Paul Carter -- John Cage wants full unemployment, what about King Tubby?

Parrhesia Hour

*Quarantine episode #4 -- Broadcast from home via Instagram Live*Do you find yourself asking yourself: "If I'm a doctor, can I know anything about health?"  Or, "if I'm not Miles Davis is it even worth playing music?"  Well we can't all be ballerinas but I don't think that should stop us from dancing.  How plain, to imagine one "best" and measure everything in relation to it.  John Cage and today's guest Paul Carter have some thoughts on these topics. Originally aired and recorded 4/08/2020

1hr 21mins

14 Apr 2020