John Cage (Composer)

#882 John Cage

I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the use of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard. Photoelectric, film and mechanical mediums for the synthetic production of music will be explored. .

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#883 John Cage

"Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we .

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#884 John Cage

I have nothing to say/ and I am saying it/ and that is poetry/ as I need it. .

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#885 John Cage

We need not destroy the past. It is gone. .

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#886 John Cage

I remember loving sound before I ever took a music lesson. And so we make our lives by what we love. .

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#887 John Cage

A finished work is exactly that, requires resurrection. .

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#888 John Cage

I imagine that as contemporary music goes on changing in the way that I'm changing it what will be done is to more and more completely liberate sounds from abstract ideas about them and more and more exactly to let them be physically uniquely themselves. This means for me: knowing more and more not what I think a sound is but what it actually is in all of its acoustical details and then letting this sound exist, itself, changing in a changing sonorous environment. .

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#889 John Cage

Adoes not view itself as thought, as ought, as needing another sound for its elucidation, as etc.; it has not time for any consideration--it is occupied with the performance of its characteristics: before it has died away it must have made perfectly exact its frequency, its loudness, its length, its overtone structure, the precise morphology of these and of itself. .

John Cage Quotes about time
#890 John Cage

Until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music. .

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#891 John Cage

Which is more musical, a truck passing by a factory or a truck passing by a music school? Are the people inside the school musical and the ones outside unmusical? .

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#892 John Cage

I certainly had no feeling for harmony, and Schoenberg thought that that would make it impossible for me to write music. He said, "You'll come to a wall you won't be able to get through." I said, "Well then, I'll beat my head against that wall." I quite literally began hitting things, and developed a music of percussion that involved noises. .

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#893 John Cage

“What I'm proposing, to myself and other people, is what I often call the tourist attitude - that you act as though you've never been there before. So that you're not supposed to know anything about it. If you really get down to brass tacks, we have never been anywhere before.” .

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#894 John Cage

"Art's purpose is to sober and quiet the mind so that it is in accord with what happens." .

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#895 John Cage

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. .

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#896 John Cage

Value judgments are destructive to our proper business, which is curiosity and awareness. .

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#897 John Cage

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency. .

John Cage Quotes about thought
#898 John Cage

They say, "you mean it's just sounds?" thinking that for something to just be a sound is to be useless, whereas I love sounds just as they are, and I have no need for them to be anything more than what they are. I don't want them to be psychological. I don't want a sound to pretend that it's a bucket or that it's president or that it's in love with another sound. I just want it to be a sound. .

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#93348 John Cage

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. .

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#93349 John Cage

I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. .

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#93350 John Cage

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture.' .

John Cage Quotes about music
#93351 John Cage

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all. .

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#93352 John Cage

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason. .

John Cage Quotes about self
#93353 John Cage

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. .

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#93354 John Cage

Ideas are one thing and what happens is another. .

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#93356 John Cage

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation. .

John Cage Quotes about nature
#93357 John Cage

It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep. .

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#93358 John Cage

We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life. .

John Cage Quotes about life
#93359 John Cage

We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly. .

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#93360 John Cage

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. .

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#93361 John Cage

When we separate music from life we get art. .

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#415022 John Cage

The composer organizer of sound will be faced not only with the entire field of sound but also with the entire field of time. The frame or fraction of a second, following established film technique, will probably be the basic unit in the measurement of time. No rhythm will be beyond the composers reach. .

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