The strangest piece of “music” ever “written.”
Tacet (1960) (via robertonawhim:)
I consider myself to be somewhat sophisticated when it comes to the arts, and music in particular. I can appreciate a wide range of music old and new from the purity of a Bach fugue to the symphonic master of Beethoven the eastern European raw power of a Kodaly or a Khatchaturian, to even the ethnomusicological fusion of later Paul Simon songs or the stripped-down hooks of the Neptunes.
But to me, most of Cage’s stuff, and especially this piece, smacks of the smugness of “I’m doing this because I can get away with it.” Much like patenting the water from a certain stream, or painting a square on a canvas, I’m hard pressed to find the statement, other than “because I can.”
From a philosophical standpoint, it undoubtedly makes a contribution, in terms of challenging the expectations of the audience. From a musical standpoint, though, I’m just amazed that people pay money to see this performed.