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Experimentations: John Cage in music, art, and architecture

Experimentations: John Cage in music, art, and architecture

Joseph, Branden Wayne, author

The first detailed exploration of avant-garde composer John Cage s interactions with art and architecture as a means of understanding the aesthetic and political stakes of his career." Experimentations provides a detailed historical and theoretical analysis of the first three decades of experimental composer John Cage's aesthetic production (ca. 1940-1972). Paying particular attention to Cage's inter- and cross-disciplinary engagements with the visual arts and architecture during this period, the book sheds new light on some of Cage's most controversial and influential innovations, such as the use of noise, chance techniques, indeterminacy, electronic technologies, and computerization, as well as upon lesser known but important ideas and strategies such as transparency, multiplicity, virtuality, and actualization. Ultimately, it traces the development of Cage's avant-garde aesthetic and political project as it transformed from the emulation of historical avant-garde precedents such as futurism and the Bauhaus, to the development of important precedents for the post-World War II movements of happenings and Fluxus, to its ultimate abandonment in the aftermath of problems encountered in the vast, multimedia composition HPSCHD (1967-69)

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Published New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Branden W. Joseph
ISBN: 1501306413, 9781501306419
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xiv, 217 pages : illustrations (black and white)
Subject: Theory of music & musicology; Classical style; Cage, John Influence.; Music and architecture.; Cage, John Criticism and interpretation.; Musicians, singers, bands & groups; Art music, orchestral & formal music; Music: styles & genres; Aleatory music History and criticism.; Avant-garde (Music) History 20th century.; Music.; Art and music.; Music; Music reviews & criticism; Music 20th century Philosophy and aesthetics.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781501306396


  1. I. Introduction
  2. II. A Therapeutic Value for City Dwellers
  3. III. Hitchhiker in an Omnidirectional Transport
  4. IV. The Architecture of Silence
  5. V. Chance/Indeterminacy/Multiplicity
  6. VI. Ghost or Monster?
  7. Bibliography
  8. Index