John Milton Cage Jr. Who?June 25, 2021
John Milton Cage Jr. (born September 5, 1912 – August 12, 1992) was an American composer, philosopher, writer, and printmaker.
Born in Los Angeles, Cage graduated high school top of his class. In 1938 he founded a percussion orchestra in Seattle. In the same year, he started to use a different piano in his concerts. Cage tied the strings of this interesting piano together and between them; By placing different objects such as rubber, mallet, wood, he caught different sounds from his traditional timbre.
He named his first work “Landscape No: 5″. He first recorded the sounds from 42 records on a magnetic tape tape, then cut it, changed it and reassembled it. On August 29, 1952, he said that he wanted to convey the message that silence is an element of music with his composition 4’33” (four minutes and thirty-three seconds), which portrays three movements without playing a single note. Cage said that the most important factor that led him to compose this composition was his close He said that he was his friend, the painter Robert Rauschenberg In 1951, Rauschenberg made a series of paintings he called “White Paintings”. This work, consisting of 7 completely white-painted pieces, inspired the composer.
In 2002, Mike Batt composed a song called “A Minute’s Silence”. It was like Cage’s composition, but the silence duration was 1 minute.