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The 3rd of 3 volumes presenting John Cage and David Tudor's 1962 tour of Japan, dubbed "John Cage Shock", here presenting works by Michael von Biel, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and John Cage as performed by Cage, Tudor, and Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Cage, John
John Cage Shock Vol. 3

Cage, John: John Cage Shock Vol. 3 (EM Records)
Label: EM Records    
Released in: Japan    

"In October 1962 John Cage and his great interpreter/co-visionary David Tudor visited Japan, performing seven concerts and exposing listeners to new musical worlds. This legendary "John Cage Shock", as it was dubbed by the critic Hidekazu Yoshida, is the source of this series of releases, three CDs and a "best hits" double LP compilation. Recorded primarily at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo on October 24, 1962 (with two performances from October 17 at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka), all recordings in this series are previously unreleased. A major historical trove, unearthed.

The final CD of the series features Cage's 0'00" (1962), also referred to as 4'33" No.2, performed by the composer, with daily activities such as writing and drinking coffee amplified by contact microphones into sonic abstraction, following the score's directions: "with maximum amplification (no feedback), perform a disciplined action". Next is Composition II for 2 Pianos (1960/61) by Michael von Biel, lovely and sparse, performed by Tudor and Ichiyanagi. The disc closes with Ichiyanagi's Piano Music #7 (1961), performed also by Tudor and Ichiyanagi, beds of silence disrupted by pianistic stabs, music box madness, traffic recordings, percussive thumps, tape manipulations and more."-EM Records

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UPC: 4560283211068

Label: EM Records
Catalog ID: EM 1106CD
Squidco Product Code: 16454

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Track 1 and 2 recorded at the Sogetsu Art Center in Aoyama, Tokyo on October 24th, 1962. Track 3 recorded at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka on October 17th, 1962.


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Track Listing:

1. John Cage - 0'00" (18:09)
Performer: John Cage

2. Michael von Biel - Composition II for 2 Pianos (6:12)
Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)

3. Toshi Ichiyanagi - Music for Piano #7 (14:59)
Performer: Toshi Ichiyanagi (pf) + David Tudor (pf)

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