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Composing Concrete Music. Listening John Cage: “Williams Mix” (from the listening list) The Williams Mix is a collage piece, made from pre-recorded sounds.

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1 Composing Concrete Music

2 Listening John Cage: “Williams Mix” (from the listening list) The Williams Mix is a collage piece, made from pre-recorded sounds on tape.  The score provides realization instructions. You actually place audio tape on the score, cutting the tape according to the diagrams.  Separates process, from materials, and ultimately from the composition itself.

3 Reading Assignment From Audio Culture: John Cage, “The Future of Music: Credo” (pp )  First, read the text IN ALL CAPS, skipping over the sections of text in between the capitalized sections.  Second, read the whole text straight through. The “normal text” sections are elaborations/explanations on the CAPITALIZED sections.

4 John Cage (additional info) BBC Music Profiles: John Cage html html Wikipedia: John Cage Larry Austin’s original recreation of the Williams Mix, explained at

5 Upcoming Due Dates Quiz 1: 1/31. Reading and lectures, plus listening list. Review in class on 1/26. Project 1: 1/31, at the beginning of class.

6 Peak Demonstrations In-class demo - watch me compose live…


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