“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.”
This was not just a pithy observation by legendary composer John Cage – but a veritable manifesto. Indeed, it was his 1952 composition “4’33″” which signaled a sea change in the way we think about sound. The piece itself was just four minutes and thirty-three seconds of (yes) silence – allowing for incidental sounds to be audible while it was “performed.”
Ace Hotel New York
This September 5th, which would have been Cage’s 105th birthday, the Ace Hotels will honor his incredible sonic legacy by broadcasting his compositions throughout the public spaces of their hotels, for the duration of the day. Should you be planning to be in New York, Seattle, Pittsburgh, New Orleans, LA, Chicago, London…it will present perhaps the only opportunity you’ll ever have to see the Post-War avant-garde come together with hipsterdom. Just think of the possibilities.
For a more comprehensive history on the composer and his ineffable body of work, visit the John Cage Trust website.