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Published on Mar 20, 2011
John Cage (912-1992): Williams Mix, per nastro magnetico (1952/1953).
Cover image: painting by Cy Twombly.
This is a work for eight tracks of ¼ inch magnetic tape. The score is a pattern for the cutting and splicing of the sounds recorded on the tape. The rhythmic structure is 5-6-16-3-11-5. The sounds are in 6 categories: A (city sounds), B (country sounds), C (electronic sounds), D (manually produced sounds), E (wind produced sounds) and F ("small" sounds, which need to be ampified). Pitch, timbre and loudness are notated as well. Approximately 600 recordings are necessary to make a version of the piece. The compositional means were I Ching chance operations. Cage made a realization of the work in 1952/53 (starting in May 1952) with the assistance of Earle Brown, Louis and Bebe Barron, David Tudor, Ben Johnston and others, but it also possible to create other versions, using the score. (fonte web).
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