Hamilton Grange Teens Interpret John Cage

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Watch as teens from the Hamilton Grange location of The New York Public Library share their interpretation of Cage's 4'33".

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Hamilton Grange Teens
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Yes

NYPL Video: So Percussion interprets "Child of Tree"

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Jason Treuting of So Percussion discusses his interpretation of John Cage's "Child of Tree" in which the perform amplifies and plays a cactus. Typically coupled with the piece "Branches," this work provides instuctions on how to select the instruments to be played. Each instrument must be a plant or made from a plant.

Artist Name: 
So Percussion
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Yes

John Cage Playing Amplified Cacti and Plant Materials with a Feather

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John Cage performing on Nam June Paik's television special Good Morning, Mr. Orwell (1984). Cage is joined by Takehisa Kosugi and one other unidentified person. Perhaps they were performing a composition or an improvisation that they would have done during a Merce Cunningham dance. There is also a cutaway to a Joseph Bueys piano performance art piece.

Manuscript Excerpt: Cartridge Music

This piece utilizes the pick-up element, i.e., cartridge, of phonograph players. Performers insert objects into the opening of a cartridge to amplify its sound. They also use small contact microphones, often attached to furniture. The published score consists of transparencies that the performers lay upon one another to derive the individual parts.

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Date [year]: 
1960
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Manuscript Excerpt: Realization Variations VII

Cage scored this piece for any number of performers, whom he instructed to use neither music nor recordings. The performance consists of using any other sounds available at time and place of performance.

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Date [year]: 
1978
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Manuscript Excerpt: Inlets

The musicians play 12 water-filled conch shells by tilting or blowing into them, with a tape recording — or live sounds — of pine cones burning.

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C.F Peters record

Date [year]: 
1977
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