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"Branches" (1976) starts with a performance of "Child of Tree" and is then followed by a random number of variations on Child of Tree each of it lasting 8 minutes, all of which are separated from each other by periods of silence, lastin...
 

Cage, John
Branches

Cage, John : Branches (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records    
Released in: Germany    


"Branches" (1976) starts with a performance of "Child of Tree" and is then followed by a random number of variations on Child of Tree each of it lasting 8 minutes, all of which are separated from each other by periods of silence, lasting 1-8 minutes. John Cage says in the instructions to the piece "Child of Tree" (1975): Find 10 "instruments", one of which is a pod (rattle) from a poinciana tree. These grow in Mexico (e.g. in Guernavaca). Each player decides on the course of his score of Branches by means of the I Ching. It is used to determine the arrangement of Child of Tree and its variations, the number of instruments that are played in a particular part, the choice of instruments (the pod is always reserved for the last part, the others may occur in groups, but only once each) and the length of the rests. For this piece, you should use neither conventionally tuned instruments nor any that are made from animal materials or metal. Especially recommended are cacti (alive or dry) whose needles are plucked by using toothpicks. John Cage gave directions for improvisation, "because the improvisation can't be based on taste and memory since one doesn't know the instruments"(John Cage in an interview, 1982). For this recording, we chose a room in which the usual criteria like neutrality of sound, clear early reflections and high diffusion were not necessarily the predominant features. The recording took place in the colossal dam in Val Sumvitg (Grisons, Switzerland), excluding any sounds from outside, and at a constant temperature of 6 degrees C. The inner space of this concrete building is divided into 7 chambers of varying size, which are up to 20 meters high or ca. 1000 m squared in volume. Connected by two corridors, they form a system of acoustically coupled spaces. Microphones and speakers were arranged to reach different response times from very present with quick early reflections to far away with long echoes. When the ensemble first performed Branches on May 12th, 1991 in Zurich, John Cage was present as a listener."-Guy Vandromme






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Product Information:

UPC: 011778039938

Label: Edition Wandelweiser Records
Catalog ID: EWR 9901
Squidco Product Code: 22202

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 1999
Country: Germany
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded in Val Sumvitg, Switzerland, in August 1998, by Christoph Reller.

Personnel:

John Cage-composer

Ensemble daswirdas-ensemble

Andreas Winkelmann

Boris Previsic

Christoph Reller

Kaspar Glattli

Matthias Bruppacher

Nina Hitz

Peter Ruegg

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