Yes yes. Very interesting stuff.
Well here’s something to consider…when I was in college something very much like this happened. A debate over what the hell is up with Cage’s 4:33 in the first place. I kinda think that its very likely that this same debate has been echoed countless times both verbally and on Internet forums all over the universe.
So then here’s the question again…
What is music? In a sense it is energy. Moving energy. Thought translated into sound…sound translated into thought. Tension. Resolution. Dissonance , tranquility…conflict etc.
Could it be that by engaging in this debate we ourselves are becoming the composition of 4:33? Perhaps the fact that people see this piece in different ways and get into different view points is in a sense John Cage’s brilliant new re- interpretation of what it means to be a composer. What is a composer but one who puts something out into the world that later generates vibrations, thoughts, emotions and tension/release etc.?
Could it be possible that the silence of 4:33 is only there to function as a prelude to the actual movement of energy that comes after?
Could it be that we ourselves have become a new version of the melodies, cadences and progressions that were once expressed through little black dots on paper?
Of course I don’t know what the hell I am talking about and as I said before everyone will have their own take on this and that is probably just as it should be.
It is interesting though that by reacting to this piece everyone so far has revealed some of the basic psychology that makes up who they are. I have a hunch that is yet another function to this piece .
Brian has revealed something about himself by bringing it up in the first place. Sid , Karl and Florian all expose something about the inner framework of their minds and personalities by how they react.
It’s interesting! You gotta admit!
As for me,I seem to be resonating closest to Brian’s perspective. That there is something going on here that has to be understood from a different mind completely.
When something is presented and a group of People react with astonishment and another group is more astonished that that the first group sees anything in it to begin with always points to something that lies outside of the field of rational thought and understanding . This is how the debate begins. Someone says “what the hell? This is plain stupid!” at the same time someone else is saying “My God! I get it! This is brilliant!”
Both interpretations are 100% accurate in terms of expressing the exact resonance of each individual brain/mind unit.
For me this piece is about opening up to a new awareness. To get there however one cannot think about what this piece is. Is it just some weirdos stupid experiment? Does it have any value? What’s the point? All these questions have to be silenced. Once that silence is reached a switch will overturn inside our minds. Suddenly a new series of questions enter the picture. This inevitably leads to another switch and another batch of questions each resonating on a different plane of reality.
If taken all the way to its end one eventually reaches a point where all questions have been exhausted and all that’s left is the felt presence of the reality of the moment. This is the moment when this Peice suddenly becomes the most exciting Peice of music you’ll ever experience! It is within this felt presence of the utter astonishment of the moment that the deepest meaning of 4:33 can be given license to reveal itself to you, the listener…although by that point you begin to recognize that you are not and never have been simply “the listener” but rather an intimate part of the music of which you thought you were simply observing ! Once the revelation hits home that you have always been an intimate part of a Beethoven symphony and not something separate from it, a whole new perspective of music and life begins to unfold. This is what people mean when they say “I get it!” to 4:33!
Cheers everyone! Ahahahahahahahahaha!