John Cage

Topics: Gramophone record, John Cage, Art Pages: 2 (666 words) Published: October 25, 2012
Jacklyn Gonzalez
John Cage
Double Music

"I can't understand why people are so frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones." John Cage questioned all music perceptions of the 19 th century. His professor Arthur Schoenberg once called him "not a composer but an artist.". He was known for all his antics with music ,and many more pieces. He believed that music could not just be played in a fashionable manner. If altered a completley unexpected sound would arise and change the quality of music. How can music be altered? Well John Cage came up with his famous piece Double Music. This is where Cage's ideas came into place and he had mastered a new way in which music can be heard. Double Music , not only became famous by Cage but also by artist Milan Knizak. Knizak began in the 60's developing his techniques for dismantling records. This is done by adding holes,scratching them , and even burning the records. Cage found inspiration and created his own methods of altering music. His piece in Things Not Seen Before not only demonstrated music but also a work of art, it was like a two in one. This piece was assembled on two panels with eight destroyed , painted reocords emplaced on a light brown wood. I particularly concentrated on the first panel, it caught my eye right away. On this frame hang three records, not just any regular records these were pieces of new ideas. The first record was slightly broken and had a brightly green trumpet glued on to it.I wonder if this trumpet on the reocord caused the needle to break? This must have created a loud noise and fascinated Cage. The second disc has liitle less damage to it ,but it is painted a pastel pink color. I'm not quite sure whats drawn on it but it looks like a painted yellow figure . The colors itself are beautiful ,If it was painted its becuse paint can be scraped off easily and an eratic noise would be made. I'm not sure how the needle made it through the paint but the paint was an...
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