Saturday, September 08, 2012

A Clarification

John Cage was a COMPOSER.

NOT a "musical philosopher."

NOT a "conceptual artist."

NOT a "charlatan."

He wrote things down and musicians made, and continue to make, sounds based on those inscriptions. This is what composers have done, and continue to do. The delight felt by musicians and listeners at these made sounds has not been unanimous, but it has been substantial and continual. Any philosophical discussion arising from Cage's work has been merely an ancillary public service.

Please resume your own sound-making activities at this time.

1 comment:

Dominic Rivron said...

Hear hear. It always annoys me when people try to avoid calling challenging music music.