Wednesday, February 11, 2004
4' 33"BBC Radio 3 surpassing looniness the other night with its broadcast of that hoaxter John Cage's 1952 piece for orchestra, 4' 33".
Cage is trying "to say that there's no such thing as silence ... his invitatioin to recognise the difference between sounds and silence.".
- This was its first radio broadcast, with three sections which the BBC Symphony Orchestra had been '
- Only one other performance had been heard - with a piano.
- Apparently, a score was essential to the performance, including page turning.
- NOrmally with the BBC, if there is no signal received at the transmitters for 2 mibutes, an emergency tape plays. The announced proudly that for this occasion the tape had been disabled.
What utter twaddle.
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