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Langham Research Centre performs the early electronic works of John Cage, using tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, &c, to accurately recreate these ear-opening and forward-thinking conceptual works.

Cage, John
Early Electronic and Tape Music [VINYL]

Cage, John: Early Electronic and Tape Music [VINYL] (Sub Rosa)
Label: Sub Rosa    
Released in: Belgium    

"I believe the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard."-John Cage, 1937.

"Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios -- for example, when he composed 'Fontana Mix' in 1958 -- his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc.

He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhan's 'global village.' The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century.

Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realization of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realization of 'Fontana Mix' includes the individual mono tracks from Cage's original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited."-Robert Worby, Langham Research Centre

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Product Information:

UPC: 5411867333616

Label: Sub Rosa
Catalog ID: SR 361LP
Squidco Product Code: 18714

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Belgium
Packaging: Vinyl LP in a cardstock sleeve
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John Cage-compositions

Felix Carey-record player, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, open-reel tape

Iain Chambers-cartridge, auxiliary sounds, cassette tape, open-reel tape, radio

Philip Tagney-synthesizer, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, spoken word

Robert Worby-square-wave oscillator, cartridge, auxiliary sounds, radio

Catherine Carter-mezzo-soprano (track 1)

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Track Listing:

Side A

01. Fontana Mix with Aria (1958)

02. Imaginary Landscape n .5 (1952)

03. WBAI (1960)

Side B

04. Cartridge Music (1960)

05. 0'00'' (1962)

06. Variations I (1960)

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