Stereolab: Influences (LTNF LIVE 4 WERB Radio)
A radio show made for WERB Saturdays at Noon
We’re working our way to 10-10-22. That’s the date for Stereolab to play at Brooklyn Steel in NYC. This is the second show we assembled and researched about this band. Always a delight to work with this music. This time we add to a striking playlist: John Cage, The Cocteau Twins, Steve Reich, Cabaret Voltaire, and Esquivel!
John Cage (not Bubblegum)
John Cage, in full John Milton Cage, Jr., (born September 5, 1912, Los Angeles, California, U.S.—died August 12, 1992, New York, New York), American avant-garde composer whose inventive compositions and unorthodox ideas profoundly influenced mid-20th-century music.
Cage is perhaps best known for his 1952 composition 4′33″, which is performed in the absence of deliberate sound; musicians who present the work do nothing aside from being present for the duration specified by the title. The content of the composition is not “four minutes and 33 seconds of silence,” as is often assumed, but rather the sounds of the environment heard by the audience during performance.The work’s challenge to assumed definitions about musicianship and musical experience made it a popular and controversial topic both in musicology and the broader aesthetics of art and performance. Cage was also a pioneer of the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by objects placed between or on its strings or hammers), for which he wrote numerous dance-related works and a few concert pieces. The best known of these is Sonatas and Interludes(1946–48).
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