The revenge of the dead Indians : In memoriam John Cage
Releasedate medium:April 2009
- Electronic music and experimental music
Total playing time:174 min.
Product:1 DVD video
- Mode Records 197
- Region 0 (eg Netherlands).
Summary(This text has been automatically translated by Google translate)
Since the 1960s, the ideas of John Cage (1912-1992) have had a great influence on thinking about music. He took that which had until then been neglected in art music as the starting point for his own compositions. Coincidence and silence play a crucial role in this. Shortly before his death, Cage expressed his musical credo as follows: “What I like in music, you know, is silence: all of the sounds that take place, when we ourselves don't make them”. These principles inspired documentary makers Henning Lohner and Van Carlson to create an unusual in memoriam. Not only do kindred spirits from the world of art and science have their say, a number of his musical concepts are also incorporated into the documentary. The film concludes with a cinematographic version of perhaps Cage's most famous composition: 4'33 ”. For four minutes and thirty-three seconds, the viewer follows the passing traffic at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, just hours before the wall would fall; a trivial image with a symbolic charge. In addition to this documentary, the DVD contains an in-depth interview with the documentary makers about the creation of the film. (JWvR)
GenresElectronic music and experimental music
In 1876 the first synthesizer was made and since then experiments have been made with electronics in music, especially after the Second World War. In France the 'Musique Concrète' came into being, music in which a kind of sound film was made with recorded, recognizable sounds. Fathers of these are Pierre Schaeffer and Pierre Henry, well-known composers are François Bayle and later Francis Dhomont. In Germany, electronic music began in radio studios. Werner Meyer-Eppler and Herbert Eimert laid the foundations, but Karlheinz Stockhausen became the real 'star'. He literally built up the sounds himself, from sine tones and noise sounds. Besides Stockhausen, G.M. Koenig was very important for this tradition. Nowadays, 'concrete' and electronic sounds are usually combined. In addition to 'tape music' (which does not involve performers), live electronic music is also made, often in combination with traditional instruments. more