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John Cage: I Have Nothing to Say and I Am Saying It

Year: 1990, 55 mins
Code: AH-Cage

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John Cage (1912-92) emerged from the post-war American avant-garde to become one of the most controversial and influential of contemporary composers.This programme was made with him two years before he died.

He introduces his philosophy that all sounds, even silence, can be used as the source for music and discusses his arrival at the use of chance operations in composing. His collaboration with artist Robert Rauschenberg and choreographer Merce Cunningham is explored, and other contributors include Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson, who have both drawn inspiration from him. 

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