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John Cage's "Lecture on Nothing," published in his collection Silence in , is scored to a rigorous regularity: 48 units of 12 lines and 48 measures each. The text itself is repetitive and at times excruciatingly boring, dwelling in Section IV on the tonic phrase "If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep."4/5(1).
John Cage: Lecture on NothingPerformance submitted by Colin MacDonaldAs part of John Cage: 19 Waltzes for the DistancedSeptem7th & Cambie, Vancou.
· “I have nothing to say, and I am saying it. And that is poetry.” Originally delivered by John Cage at an artists’ club in New York in , the composer’s Lecture On Nothing went on to become a core text within his collage-meditation of essays, Silence. Restoring it to spoken form (and thus reanimating the beautiful tensions of this un-speech, this voiced absence), Robert Wilson 5/5.
· John Cage is best known for 4’33” (). To Cage, the material of music is sound and silence. Larson quotes from Lecture On Nothing: “I am here, and there is nothing to say.”. And most famously, “I have nothing to say and I am saying it”. The effect of 4’33” is demonstrated through Cage’s contemporary, David Tudor who, in one Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins.
John Cage: Lecture on NothingPerformance submitted by Colin MacDonaldAs part of John Cage: 19 Waltzes for the DistancedSeptem61st & Borden, Vanco.