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Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:02 am
Siding with Cage against Branca

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kaipfeiffer
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Kai Pfeiffer
Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Re: MBV

hm, yet your concerts rely completely on amplification, as completely as they are pre-determined by the playback ...


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Re: MBV

The two Momus concerts I've been to left my ears ringing for hours afterward; then again, there were other bands on the program and maybe none of the musicians had much control of the soundboard or amplification (who is in charge? the venue managers? the police?). I must admit I go to very, very few concerts that are amplified.

Oddly enough, the more music approaches sheer white noise for me, the more it makes me want to fall asleep: "Metal Machine Music" could be a lullaby. Maybe this is because I do sleep with a psychiatrist's noise baffler running all night next to the bed.

I'll let the musicians themselves battle it away here, and go on being a listener who's no more trustworthy to be true to his side than a counter-counterspy. Although I believe Cage is indisputably the more important (greater?) and more interesting composer and I'd much rather live in his worlds than Branca's, I do find Cage's arguments somewhat disingenuous coming from a man whose work with David Tudor, at least ("Cartridge Music," "Variations IV," etc.) set my ears (and my parents') bleeding as an adolescent.

X.


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(Anonymous)
Sun, Jan. 25th, 2009 06:59 pm (UTC)
Re: MBV

Although I see really it's not a matter of volume so much as how one controls or (attempts not to control) chance or "indeterminancy." I'm writing this with FM3's Buddha Box turned way down and realize this is how I should have been listening to Cage, way back when.

I went back and read Momus's critique of the Peace Monument concert (169 comments!) and tend to agree that it's better to fight fire with water, not more fire.


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