John Cage

(John Milton Cage Jr.)

John Cage
John Cage
  • Born: September 5, 1912
  • Died: August 12, 1992
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Composer Music Theorist

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John Milton Cage Jr. was an American composer and music theorist. A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, electroacoustic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Cage was one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde. Critics have lauded him as one of the most influential composers of the 20th century. He was also instrumental in the development of modern dance, mostly through his association with choreographer Merce Cunningham, who was also Cage's romantic partner for most of their lives.

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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.
I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. Literature, Writers & Writing
Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.
If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.
It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture.' Music, Chants & Rapps
It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.
The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.
The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation. Nature
There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot. Time
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing. Literature, Writers & Writing
We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.
We need not destroy the past. It is gone.
When we separate music from life we get art. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle

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