Tuesday, 3 May 2011
John Cage is a huge figure in the world of music and art and the combination of the two. He is best known for his 4'33". A piece of music in which during the whole 4 minutes and 33 seconds of 3 movements not a single note is played, yet a full orchestra and conductor is present. This was "unheard" of in 1952, when it was written. It delves into ideas of how sound is perceived and that the environment, the room and the people within it are all a part of the music. This got me thinking about whether absolute silence can ever be acheived. I came to the realisation that even in the deepest most silent part of the world as a living thing we constantly make sound through our heartbeats and breathing. This is how I came to looking at life and the universe.