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    John Cage on Gary Moore show (1960)

    I thought some of you might enjoy seeing this, especially if you've never
    heard/seen John Cage before.

    It's a video clip of Cage performing his "Water Walk" on Gary Moore's tv show,
    "I've Got a Secret" (1960). There's 4:40 of talking before the performance
    starts, if you're the impatient type.

    http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/0...age_on_a_.html

    Gary, please be sure to include a quail call and a mechanical fish in the
    next update of GPO.

    Enjoy!

    p.s. Please, no endless arguments about "this isn't music", "yes, it is", "no, it isn't".

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    Re: John Cage on Gary Moore show (1960)

    Thanks for the link.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
    My MP3s | My Melody Generator | my album
    "serious music" ... as if the rest of us are just kidding

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    Re: John Cage on Gary Moore show (1960)

    Well, at least, at the time TV had no fear to show something different and new. Try it today.
    Paolo

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    Re: John Cage on Gary Moore show (1960)

    Thanks for the link. I agree - something you might not see today not only because TV shows might not want to do something like this but also because few composers would be comfortable with having an audience laugh at their performance. You can’t convince me that he didn’t know people would react that way. At least nobody cried.
    Trent P. McDonald

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    Re: John Cage on Gary Moore show (1960)

    As is evident in the linked movie, Cage had a zen attitude towards his public's reaction. No problem if they preferred to laugh, cry, of show interest. He had to create the event, just for the joy of donating something to the others.

    Once I saw a documentary, made by the Italian TV in the late Eighties, called "John Cage e i bambini" (start from "http://cezanne.psice.unibo.it/cde/ricerca.asp" to read the data). He did a show with school chairs and acrylic flooring, at the benefit of the children. A very delicate moment, that was interesting both for the piece, and for the children's varied reaction to the strange show. Cage appeared seraphic as usual, and looked as a child among children.

    Paolo

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