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John Cage's "Empty Words" (1974) is drawn from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, written in four parts: Part I omits sentences, Part II omits phrases, and Part III omits words. Part IV, which omits syllables, leaves us nothing but a virtual lullaby of letters and sounds.

Cage, John
Empty Words

Cage, John: Empty Words (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records    
Released in: Germany    

"Empty Words"

begins by omitting sentences,
has only phrases, words, syllables and letters.

The second part omits the phrases,
has only words, syllables and letters.
The third part omits the words,
has only syllables and letters. And the last part ...
has nothing but letters and sounds.

A mix of words, syllables, and letters obtained by subjecting the Journal of Henry David Thoreau to a series of I Ching chance operations.

What was interesting to me was making English less understandable.
Because when it's understandable, well, people control one another,
and poetry disappears.

A transition from language to music.
It's bewildering at first, but it's extremely pleasurable as time goes on. And that's what I'm up to."-John Cage

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UPC: 4011778041719

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 1102/03
Squidco Product Code: 21826

Format: 2 MP3 CDs
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: Germany
Packaging: Cardstock 4 page foldover
Recorded in Dusseldorf, Germany in 2010 and 2011.


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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Part I 2:30:00

2. Part II 2:30:00

CD 2

1. Part III 2:30:00

2. Part IV 2:30:00

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