John Cage Diary

This expanded paperback edition reproduces the 2015 hardback edition, with a new essay by mycologist and Cage aficionado David Rose and, most important, an addendum that includes many facsimile pages of Cage's handwritten notebook of a ...

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: 1938221214

Category: Art

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"Over 16 years, beginning in 1965, John Cage compiled anecdotes, observations and koanlike tales, originally typing everything on an IBM Selectric and using chance methods to determine the formatting of texts that twist down each page. The Siglio edition preserves the graphic effects, but, more important, it gives a sense of the company he kept during these years--Marcel Duchamp, R. Buckminster Fuller, D.T. Suzuki--and of his passionate feeling about a world locked in a state of perpetual warfare. Cage has a reputation for being a Zen-inspired wit. He was also much more, an intensely engaged moral thinker." -Holland Cotter, New York Times Now available in an expanded paperback edition, Diaryregisters Cage's assessment of the times in which he lived as well as his often uncanny portents about the world we live in now. With a great sense of play as well as purpose, Cage traverses vast territory, from the domestic minutiae of everyday life to ideas about how to feed the world. He used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation, and--in the case of Part Three, originally published by Something Else Press--color. The unusual visual variances on the page become almost musical as language takes on a physical and aural presence. While Cage used chance operations to expand the possibilities of creating and shaping his work beyond the limitations of individual taste, Diarynonetheless accumulates into a complex reflection of Cage's sensibilities as a thinker and citizen of the world, illuminating his social and political awareness, as well as his idealism and sense of humor: it becomes an oblique but indelible portrait of one the most influential figures of the 20th-century American avant-garde. Collecting all eight parts into a single volume, coeditors Joe Biel and Richard Kraft also used chance operations to render the entire text in various combinations of red and blue (used by Dick Higgins and Alison Knowles for Part Three) as well as to apply a single set of 18 fonts to the entire work. In the editors' note, Kraft and Biel elucidate the procedure of chance operations and demonstrate its application, giving readers a rare opportunity to see how the text is transformed. This expanded paperback edition reproduces the 2015 hardback edition, with a new essay by mycologist and Cage aficionado David Rose and, most important, an addendum that includes many facsimile pages of Cage's handwritten notebook of a ninth part in progress, bringing the reader into compelling proximity to Cage's process and the raw material from which Diarywas made.

John Cage Diary

This first complete hardcover edition collects all eight parts Cage originally published in A Year from Monday, M and X. Coeditors Kraft and Biel have consulted these publications along with Cage's original manuscripts, and--with the Great ...

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Author: John Cage

Publisher: Siglio

ISBN: 1938221109

Category: Art

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Composed over the course of 16 years, John Cage's Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) is one of his most prescient and personal works. A repository of observations, anecdotes, obsessions, jokes and koan like stories, the diary registers Cage's assessment of the times in which he lived as well as his often uncanny predictions about the world we live in now. With a great sense of play as well as purpose, Cage traverses vast territory, from postwar music to Watergate, from domestic minutiae to ideas on how to feed the world. Typing on an IBM Selectric, Cage used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation and--in the case of Part Three (published as a Great Bear pamphlet by Something Else Press)--color. The beautiful and unusual visual variances become almost musical as the physicality of the language on the page suggests the sonic. This first complete hardcover edition collects all eight parts Cage originally published in A Year from Monday, M and X. Coeditors Kraft and Biel have consulted these publications along with Cage's original manuscripts, and--with the Great Bear pamphlet as a guide--they have used chance operations to render the entire text in various combinations of red and blue as well as apply a set of 18 typefaces to the entire work. Composer, philosopher, writer and artist, John Cage (1912-92) is one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. A pioneer in extending the boundaries of music, often composing works through chance operations, Cage also had an extraordinary impact on dance, poetry, performance and visual art.

Diary

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Author: John Cage

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ISBN: OCLC:231755949

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The Music of John Cage

11 Cage and Feldman , “ Radio Happening V , ” recorded at WBAI , New York , January 1967 . 12 John Cage , Foreword to A Year From Monday , p . ix . 13 John Cage , “ Diary : How to Improve the World ( You Will Only Make Matters Worse ) ...

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Author: James Pritchett

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521565448

Category: Music

Page: 223

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The first book to examine fully the work of John Cage, leading figure of the post-war musical avant-garde.

John Cage

John Cage, “Diary: How to Improve theWorld (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)1965,” AYearFrom Monday, 3. 59. Cage,“A Composer's Confessions,” 40. Providinga definition for another term that would become quite prominent in hisown ...

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Author: David Patterson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136527913

Category: Music

Page: 288

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First published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Diary

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:36660655

Category: American poetry

Page: 10

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Silencing the Sounded Self

Christopher Shultis observes an intriguing contrast between John Cage's affinity for Thoreau and fellow composer Charles Ives' connection with Emerson.

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Author: Christopher Shultis

Publisher: UPNE

ISBN: 9781611685077

Category: Music

Page: 210

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Christopher Shultis observes an intriguing contrast between John Cage's affinity for Thoreau and fellow composer Charles Ives' connection with Emerson. Although both Thoreau and Emerson have been called transcendentalists, they held different views about the relationship between nature and humanity and the artistÍs role in creativity. Shultis explores the artist's "sounded" or "silenced" selves-the self that takes control of the creative experience versus the one that seeks to coexist with it-and shows how understanding this distinction allows a better understanding of Cage. Having placed Cage in this experimental tradition of music, poetry, and literature, Shultis offers provocative interpretations of Cage's aesthetic views, especially as they concern the issue of non-intention, and addresses some of his most path-breaking music as well as several experimentally innovative written works.

Writings through John Cage s Music Poetry and Art

The easy answer—Cage's closeted gay identity compelled his infamous antiexpressionism and self-silencing—is at least ... The full title of the series is “John Cage Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse).

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Author: David W. Bernstein

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226044873

Category: Music

Page: 304

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This volume looks at the creative work of the great avant-gardist John Cage from an exciting interdisciplinary perspective, exploring his activities as a composer, performer, thinker, and artist. The essays in this collection grew out of a pivotal gathering during which a spectrum of participants including composers, music scholars, and visual artists, literary critics, poets, and filmmakers convened to examine Cage's extraordinary artistic legacy. Beginning with David Bernstein's introductory essay on the reception of Cage's music, the volume addresses topics ranging from Cage's reluctance to discuss his homosexuality, to his work as a performer and musician, and his forward-looking, provocative experimentation with electronic and other media. Several of the essays draw upon previously unseen sketches and other source materials. Also included are transcripts of lively panel discussions among some of Cage's former colleagues. Taken together, this collection is a much-needed contribution to the study of one of the most significant American artists of the twentieth century.

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:1001572233

Category: American poetry

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John Cage

19. Coomaraswamy , The Transformation of Nature in Art , 9 . 20. Ibid . , 65 . 21. John Cage , " Diary : How to Improve the World ( You Will Only Make Matters Worse ) 1965 , " in Cage , A Year from Monday , 19 . 22. John ...

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Author: John Cage

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262516303

Category: Art

Page: 220

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An extended trajectory of Cage literature, from early critical reaction to writing by contemporaries to current scholarship. John Cage (1912-1992) defined a radical practice of composition that changed the course of modern music and shaped a new conceptual horizon for postwar art. Famous for his use of chance and "silence" in musical works, a pioneer in electronic music and the nonstandard use of instruments, Cage was one of the most influential composers of the last century. This volume traces a trajectory of writings on the artist, from the earliest critical reactions to the scholarship of today. If the first writing on Cage in the American context, often written by close associates with Cage's involvement, seemed lacking in critical distance, younger scholars--a generation removed--have recently begun to approach the legacy from a new perspective, with more developed theoretical frameworks and greater skepticism. This book captures that evolution. The texts include discussions of Cage's work in the context of the New Music scene in Germany in the 1950s; Yvonne Rainer's essay looking back on Cage and New York experimentalism of the 1960s; a complex and original mapping of Cage's place in a wider avant-garde genealogy that includes Le Corbusier and Moholy-Nagy; a musicologist's account of Cage's process of defining and formalizing his concept of indeterminacy; and an analysis of Cage's project that considers his strategies of self-representation as key to his unique impact on modern and postmodern art.

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Author: John Cage

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ISBN: OCLC:1040949023

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Page: 16

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The Book of Music and Nature

JOHN CAGE Diary Emma Lake Music Workshop 1965 gust 16 . August 15 . The role of the composer is other than it was . Teaching , too , is no longer transmission of a body of useful information , but's conversation , alone , together ...

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Author: David Rothenberg

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819564087

Category: Music

Page: 260

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A provocative book and CD explore the relationship of music and the natural world.

The New York Schools of Music and Visual Arts

John Cage, Morton Feldman, Edgard Varèse, Willem De Kooning, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg John Cage, ... Christopher Hatch eds., Writings through John Cage's Music, Poetry, and Art (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2001). 25.

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Author: Steven Johnson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815333647

Category: Music

Page: 258

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Musicians and artists have always shared mutual interests and exchanged theories of art and creativity. This exchange climaxed just after World War II, when a group of New York-based musicians, including John Cage, Morton Feldman, Earle Brown, and David Tudor, formed friendships with a group of painters. The latter group, now known collectively as either the New York School or the Abstract Expressionists, included Jackson Pollock, Willem deKooning, Robert Motherwell, Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still, Franz Kline, Phillip Guston, and William Baziotes. The group also included a younger generation of artists-particularly Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns-that stood somewhat apart from the Abstract Expressionists. This group of painters created what is arguably the first significant American movement in the visual arts. Inspired by the artists, the New York School composers accomplished a similar feat. By the beginning of the 1960s, the New York Schools of art and music had assumed a position of leadership in the world of art. For anyone interested in the development of 20th century art, music, and culture, The New York Schools of Music and Art will make for illuminating reading.

John Cage

Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1 minus, University of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine" (Anglistisches Institut), course: Poets, Artists, and Performers of Black Mountain College, 15 entries ...

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Author: Christine Recker

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 9783640859313

Category:

Page: 20

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1 minus, University of Dusseldorf "Heinrich Heine" (Anglistisches Institut), course: Poets, Artists, and Performers of Black Mountain College, 15 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This thesis mainly presents Cage on the basis of his literary work. The analysis focuses on his work "Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)", with special regard to his use of chance operations. Moreover, emphasis is placed on Cage's ideas about art in general which are inseparably connected to his writings.

Diary

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:36660655

Category: American poetry

Page: 10

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The Selected Letters of John Cage

John Cage was born in the second decade of the twentieth century and died in its last, living through one of the most ... sixteen-year-long project titled Diary: How to Improve the World (You'll Only Make Matters Worse), published for ...

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Author: John Cage

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819575920

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 656

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This selection of over five hundred letters gives us the life of John Cage with all the intelligence, wit, and inventiveness that made him such an important and groundbreaking composer and performer. The missives range from lengthy reports of his early trips to Europe in the 1930s through his years with the dancer Merce Cunningham, and shed new light on his growing eminence as an iconic performance artist of the American avant-garde. Cage’s joie de vivre resounds in these letters—fully annotated throughout—in every phase of his career, and includes correspondence with Peter Yates, David Tudor, and Pierre Boulez, among others. Above all, they reveal his passionate interest in people, ideas, and the arts. The voice is one we recognize from his writings: singular, profound, irreverent, and funny. Not only will readers take pleasure in Cage’s correspondence with and commentary about the people and events of a momentous and transformative time in the arts, they will also share in his meditations on the very nature of art. A deep pleasure to read, this volume presents an extraordinary portrait of a complex, brilliant man who challenged and changed the artistic currents of the twentieth century.

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:499732811

Category: Composers

Page: 14

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John Cage

Cage, John. A Year from Monday. Hanover, NH: Wesleyan University Press, 1967. ISBN: 0819560022. Collection of writings from the 1960s (with the exception of “Juilliard Lecture” from 1952), including: “Diary: How to Improve the World ...

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Author: Sara Haefeli

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317399544

Category: Music

Page: 242

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This annotated bibliography uncovers the wealth of resources available on the life and music of John Cage, one of the most influential and fascinating composers of the twentieth-century. The guide will focus on documentary studies, archival resources, scholarly research, and autobiographical materials, and place the composer and his work in a larger context of postmodern philosophy, art and theater movements, and contemporary politics. It will support emerging scholarship and inquiry for future research on Cage, with carefully selected sources and useful annotations.

Diary

The latest in a series of essays in which Cage reflects lyrically on social questions. Printed in two colors structured by chance by the author.

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Author: John Cage

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:67512808

Category:

Page: 14

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