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by on January 22, 2007 at 9:17 pm in Music | Permalink

A press release making the rounds on the web (here and here, for instance) claims that a conceptual artist named Jonathon Keats has made Cage’s 4’33" into a ringtone.

Here is more.

1 jim January 22, 2007 at 9:42 pm

This sort of report continues to spread the notion that 4’33” is an aural piece, “about silence”. It’s not. It’s purely visual, about the frustration of our expectations. I’ve not seen it in the original version for piano, but I have seen it in a ‘cello transcription (as an unannounced encore, which added to the audience’s confusion). The piano-specific gestures in Cage’s original score were replaced by ‘cello-specific gestures: raising the bow as if to play, for example.

Perhaps Keats should try making a ringtone from the Mona Lisa next.

2 Sameer Parekh January 22, 2007 at 11:36 pm

Another thing that is lame about this is that it isn’t 4’33” of silence. Ringtones don’t go on for that long. Well, I think Cage should sue.

3 jn January 23, 2007 at 11:32 am

To paraphrase Stravinsky: Perhaps now we can look forward to similar ringtones of symphonic proportions.

4 ian January 23, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Well I produced a written version

5 ptm January 23, 2007 at 2:53 pm

A buddy in the San Francisco art scene emails:
“I went to one night exhibition of his a couple months ago. Recognizing how space and land is a premium here in SF, he was selling deeds to plots in the city in higher dimensions…4th, 5th dimensions, etc. He had drawings of hypercubes all around. “

6 123 October 3, 2008 at 7:29 am
7 likaida March 18, 2009 at 2:48 am
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