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John Cage's 4′33″

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Published on Nov 8, 2009

If you are hearing music in this video, it is because YouTube changed their copyright policy and un-muted the track that was originally used. Originally the song that was used ('Murderers' by John Frusciante) was muted and there was a legitimate copyright notice below the video, without any indication that the muted song was something other than John Cage's 4'33", creating the illusion that John Cage composition of silence was muted. Now that the other song plays, the video doesn't really make sense.

Some articles that mention this video in its original form:

HYPERALLERGIC - John Cage "Silenced" on YouTube?
http://hyperallergic.com/9760/john-ca...

MENTAL FLOSS: 9 Performances of John Cage's 4'33"
http://mentalfloss.com/article/27084/...

WFMU's BEWARE of the BLOG - The Definitive Version of 4'33
http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2010/09...

HI LO BROW- Border Patrol
http://hilobrow.com/2011/09/20/border...

ART-FAG-CITY -What do Panda Bears and John Cage have in common?
http://www.artfagcity.com/2010/10/04/...

"The Uncanny Valley of Electrocuted Squirrel"
http://www.artfagcity.com/2010/11/15/...

"I Have Nothing to Say and I'm Saying It" (a term paper by Maggie Pakutka)
http://students.purchase.edu/margaret...


MY OPEN KIMONO- "Silence is Golden... Literally"
http://myopenkimono.blogspot.com/2010...

FLAVORWIRE - A Brief History of Litigious Music Industry Idiocy
http://flavorwire.com/202550/a-brief-...

CLASSICAL CONVERT- "Shouldn't They Force Him to ADD an Audio Track?"
http://classicalconvert.com/2010/10/s...

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John Cage's 4'33"

The work, 4′33″ (pronounced Four minutes, thirty-three seconds or, as the composer himself referred to it, Four, thirty-three) is a three-movement composition by American avant-garde composer John Cage (19121992). It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements (the first being thirty seconds, the second being two minutes and twenty-three seconds, and the third being one minute and forty seconds). Although commonly perceived as "four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence", the piece actually consists of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed. Over the years, 4′33″ became Cage's most famous and most controversial composition.

Conceived around 19471948, while the composer was working on Sonatas and Interludes, 4′33″ became for Cage the epitome of his idea that any sounds constitute, or may constitute, music. It was also a reflection of the influence of Zen Buddhism, which Cage studied since the late forties. In a 1982 interview, and on numerous other occasions, Cage stated that 4′33″ was, in his opinion, his most important work.

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