John Cage 4’33” Recorded For X-Factor Christmas Release

Just a quick post to let you know that the recording has gone ahead of the single that will be released for this year’s X Factor protest.

Pete Doherty, Billy Bragg, the Kooks, Imogen Heap and Orbital are just some of the artists that have assembled to record the ‘silent piece’ that will be released as direct competition to the X Factor single, competing for Christmas number one.

For those of you who don’t already know; in 1952 the extraordinarily popular experimental composer and wild mushroom expert John Cage composed a piece of music that was to be performed by any combination of instruments, none of which play a single note.

Many have dismissed the piece as being silly, which is a shame as anyone who has studied Cage will understand why this was entirely valid composition and a natural eventuality considering his research and findings on music.

The piece has been interpreted many ways by many people, and although I feel that the core message of the piece is being lost somewhat in this campaign, I also believe that John would have been delighted by this campaign, and that’s reason enough for me to get behind it.

In my days as a composition undergraduate I was fortunate enough to be lectured by someone who had known John Cage, and although this is a rather populist campaign, I strongly urge you to join in and help make this a Christmas number one (I can’t believe I’m saying these words).

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2 comments

    It’s gonna be hard making this No. Xmas hit for variety of reasons. 1)Audience has to hold a lot of bells and whisper sing the Holy Night.
    2)You have to convert that silent soundscape into music first since experimental “music” is really a soundscape regardless the statement of Edgard Varese that defined music as an organized sound.
    3)Convince people that John Cage wasn’t a lunatic who was hallucinating with mushrooms.
    4)Make the experimental “music” Pop music.
    5)Make it in less than a month.

    Good luck 😀 with it.

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