—Do you perform often?
—Only at poor attended concerts for postgraduates.
—That’s a shame, why do you think that is?
—Because once you move away from tonality and harmony the audience is very small.
—That’s because harmony is science. Harmony is physics.
—Harmony was a capitalist plot to sell pianos.
“I was shocked at college to see one hundred of my classmates in the library all reading copies of the same book. Instead of doing as they did, I went into the stacks and read the first book written by an author whose name began with Z. I received the highest grade in the class. That convinced me that the institution was not being run correctly. I left.”
John Cage: An Autobiographical Statement
I’m not interested in reality, and at some point I’d like to write a book about fictional music bands, a story that can only start with Spinal Tap and Stonehenge.
This is Spinal Tap
• Saturday Night and Sunday Morning (1960)
• This is the End (2013)
Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
• It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
• 女が階段を上る時 (When a Woman Ascends the Stairs) (1960)
• The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
• Seven Days in May (1964)
I love this conceptual project by Johannes Kreidler. Songs with the word “silence” in the title stretched to 4’33” duration.