You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams

Location: Kentucky, United States

Tuesday, September 24, 2002

Music anyone can play

I've been following this story for a while and I've got to say as ridiculous as this may sound, er, or not sound as the case may be, I side with Mike Batt on this. When Cage wrote, er, composed? this piece the idea centered around "found" music. The pianist would come out, sit down at the piano as if prepared to play and the do nothing for four and a half minutes. The music, er, sound or whatever came from the noises the crowd made as they patiently waited for the pianist to do "something". So four and a half minutes of found music "live" would be completely different from one minute of silence on CD. Right? Er, yeah that's it.

In Mr Ashby's Advanced Music Theory class in high school we learned about found music. He had us take a piece of music paper, hold it against a concrete wall and rub the side of a pencil lead all over the paper. Then we went through and at random picked bumps out of the staff lines and made notes. The result was what you would expect; atonal noise.

So if Will Wheaton is right and "50,000 monkeys at 50,000 typewriters can't be wrong" then is it possible that some where out there is a concrete wall that has Beethoven's Ninth hidden in its roughness? Is it possible that in all my randomness and out of focus mind wanderings I might somehow find something worth while?

God I hope so.


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