Everything You Do Is Music
2017-12-11, 6:48 a.m.
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I'll talk about the acting part of my day later, but on Sunday I also went to an exhibit on John Cage at the local museum. I've been meaning to go over there for quite some time and it was quite an experience. I've been a fan of his since I found out that 4'33" existed and did a paper on it for orchestra in high school. (On a random note, there's an app for this.) That guy was wackadoo innovative.
Anyway, I did not know that he was an artist in residence here in the 60's, put on a wacky music event, and premiered another piece, 33 1/3, in which various record players were set up and people were playing whatever (very random) albums they put on, all at once. Here's a video of this somewhere else. I found about ten turntables set up in one room here, with nobody else in there most of the time, so I put on the following albums at once:
* "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road," by Elton John (note: you reallly couldn't hear this one in the mix at all). Later I replaced it with "Butterfly" by Barbra Streisand, but you couldn't really hear that one either. Maybe it was just that record player?
I walked around making a video of all of this to memorialize the cacophony, though it doesn't come off the best. I do feel sorry for the docent-types who literally spend all day long standing around doing nothing but listening to THIS racket all day long for three months, though. I kind of enjoyed the sound, but I imagine that would get on your nerves if it wasn't a novelty.
There was a quote on the wall from Cage, "Everything you do is music, and everywhere is the best seat."
They also had some recorded lectures and performances by Cage you could listen to--I liked the performances but the lectures were so random you couldn't follow them (which figures for him). They also had some books on related topics, such as his book "Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)" and his book "Silence"--sadly, both were so random I couldn't follow them, but that's probably the point. I flipped through a comic book called "Chance Operations" that was done in the same way that John Cage used the I Ching to randomize music. Sadly, I can't say it made for an interesting comic to read or even follow, but it did make me wonder how one would like, randomize a craft project like that. There was also a book called "No Such Thing As Silence: John Cage's 4'33", and it amused me there was an entire book on this.
Anyway, the whole thing was pretty cool. After that I went to the gym and the grocery store, got food for parties this week, attempted to memorize lines, and watched a show called "Encore" that gets high school theater casts back together to do a show 20 years later. I felt for the guy who said that every time he has to tell someone he does insurance...yeah, some part of you dies. After that show he's daydreaming of getting his SAG card. I feel ya, buddy.... but that's an entry for another day that I haven't finished writing yet.