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¶ Short of the Day #121: Sound??

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¶ Short of the Day #121: Sound??

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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 19th, 2017, 12:20 pm

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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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Post by Ebbywebby » June 19th, 2017, 7:21 pm

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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Post by Perception de Ambiguity » June 19th, 2017, 7:38 pm

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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Post by Carmel1379 » June 21st, 2017, 9:03 pm

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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whom shall we find
Sufficient? who shall tempt with wand’ring feet
The dark unbottom’d infinite Abyss,
And through the palpable obscure find out
His uncouth way, or spread his aerie flight,
Upborn with indefatigable wings,
Over the vast abrupt, ere he arrive
The happy Ile?


Well here he is skidded out onto the Zone like a planchette on a Ouija board, and what shows up inside the empty circle in his brain might string together into a message, might not, he'll just have to see.

Nur dein Auge – ungeheuer / Blickt michs an, Unendlichkeit!
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