New media artworks Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (1951)

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Imaginary Landscape No.4 (1951)

Imaginary Landscape No. 4 was part of the Imaginary Landscape series of compositions by American Composer John Cage. The work consited of 24 performers and 12 radios. Each radio was operated by two performers, one for dialling the radio-stations and the second performer controlling amplitude and timbre. The performers followed tables that john Cage made which referred to 'superimpositions, tempi, durations, sounds and dynamics'.( The work came together as a jumble of different music and radio noise, the point being that nobody knew what was coming next and that the work would constantly be different when performed.

Originally performed in March of 1951 it was then recreated by students of Hunter College (NYC)on 12/5/08. Performance


John Cage

John Milton Cage Jr. was a well known composer, artist, writer and music theorist. He was born Los Angeles on the 5th of September 1912 and then died in New York on the 12th of August 1992. He was invested in many elements of music and dance and made many contributions to these art forms during his life.


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