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¶ Short of the Day #121: Sound??

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¶ Short of the Day #121: Sound??

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Sound?? (Dick Fontaine, 1966) :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: Image


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m4xkY0WgVw

"An audiovisual dialog of two individual musicians: John Cage, composer and writer, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, original post-bop jazz-man. It’s a montage of shots on the town and zoo, Kirk’s jazz improvisation in Ronnie Scott’s Club and Cage’s composing in Saville Theatre."

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I watched this just two days ago...are you copying me? ;)

Wonderful short, though it helps to be previously familiar with Cage.
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Ebbywebby on Jun 19 2017, 01:21:10 PM wrote:I watched this just two days ago...are you copying me? ;)

Wonderful short, though it helps to be previously familiar with Cage.
I know, it's like you are following the SotD in the future with how often you happen to be the last check of the short I choose. Most of the ones I pick, including this one, I have already seen quite some time ago. Maybe you go through some of my IMDb lists? Because I certainly don't follow/copy you are anyone else on iCM.
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What is the purpose of this experimental music? No purposes - sound.

Do the two question marks indicate a self-reflexivity that enlarges the critical discourse, since in addition to the general consensus (which is "WTF is this shit."), now it's those actually experimenting artists that ask themselves how they can process sound? It is, in any case, something that attracts attention to itself, and this short does warrant it.

Footage here includes strobe lights, children & tigers, and an abundance of technical equipment. I'd correspond them to pure frequencies & particle depth, innocent creativity and new possibilities that reach out into the extremes of the audible spectrum, respectively. Improvisational jazz here serves as an excellent counterpoint to Cage's explorations; the fragmented nature of the film too.

For Cage the notions of sound and "music" are blurred, his project is that of complete abstraction.

There is no such thing as silence.

I love sounds just the way they are.
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