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John Cage - Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

John Cage - Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)
  • Performer John Cage
  • Title Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)
  • Date of release 1999
  • Country Germany
  • Style Spoken Word
  • Label WERGO
  • Catalog number WER 6912-2
  • Other formats 8 × CD, Album, Repress
  • Genre Audio Files
  • Size MP3 1516 mb
  • Size FLAC 1345 mb
  • Rating: 4.9
  • Votes: 807

Tracklist

17/845:33
23/843:33
34/839:55
48/838:16
55/844:17
66/836:54
71/849:11
82/846:03

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
WER 6231-2John Cage Diary: How To Improve The World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse) ‎(8xCD, Album)WERGOWER 6231-2Germany1992

Credits

  • EngineerEtienne Bron
  • Photography – Fanny Schöning, Peter Andersen
  • ProducerKlaus Schöning
  • Voice, Synthesizer, Guiro, CowbellJohn Cage

Notes

With this CD edition, WERGO are publishing John Cage's spoken Diary (for the second time) that has been left incomplete, because ten parts had originally been planned by the author and of which eight parts have appeared in his writings.

Recorded 22-24 June 1991 at Powerplay Recording Studios, Maur, Switzerland.

During the recording in the studio each change of typography in the printed text of the Diary corresponded to a change in the stereophonic position and a simultaneous change in the volume of John Cage's voice.

Album

It is a mosaic of ideas, statements, words, and stories. It is also a diary. For each day, I determined by chance operations how many parts of the mosaic Cage was born in 1915 and died in 1992. During that intervening time, he changed the face of avant-garde music and art. An early disciple of Arnold Schoenberg, Cage made his biggest creative breakthrough by studying the I Ching, Zen Buddhism and the art of Marcel Duchamp. The composer decided to let elements of chance into his work. The folks over at have placed online another one of Cages work, Diary: How To Improve The World You Will Only Make Matters Worse 1991. Clocking in at over 5 hours total, the piece is something of a Mount Everest of sound art. The typography determines the stereo distribution and level of Cage's voice, the effect of someone talking inside your head, disembodied. The printed texts additionally used color changes to parallel this effect. Some of the text, pictures of Cage reading and the clean water supply, and chronologies accompany the discs. John Cage. John Cage is best known for his music, but his writings were also very important. He wrote theoretical articles and lectures, as well as a great deal of poetry, and a variety of uncategorizable works. One little-known written work of his was his Diary: How to Improve the World You Will Only Make Matters Worse, written between 1965 and 1982. Originally typed on an IBM Selectric, Cage used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation, and - in the case of Part Three published as a Great Bear Pamphlet by Something Else Press - color. A 20-page booklet of autobiographical impressions by John Cage, avant-garde composer, musician, and performance artist. Printed on heavy stock with typeface, type weight, and colour chosen according to chance. The booklet is wrapped in a mylar case with coloured split-fountain typography. John Milton Cage Jr. was an Read more. Diary book. Composed over the course of 16 years, John Cage's Diary: How to Improve the Wo. Typing on an IBM Selectric, Cage used chance operations to determine not only the word count and the application of various typefaces but also the number of letters per line, the patterns of indentation and-in the case of Part Three published as a Great Bear pamphlet by Something Else Press-color. John Cage American composer. Diary: Part 3. spoken vocals: John Cage American composer from 1991-06-22 until 1991-06-24. Lithograph a Cage, John. Mushroombook Cage, John. Music for a Marrying Maiden Jackson Maclow Cage, John. Not wanting to say anything about Marcel: plexigrams I-VIII, lithographs A and B Cage, John. Artists' books. Seventeen Drawings by Thoreau Cage, John. Lehren und Lernen als Aufführungskünste Filliou, Robert. You Will Only Make Matters Worse. Continued 1966. The most, the best, we can do, we believe wanting to give evidence of love, is to get out of the way, leave space around whomever or whatever IT is. Worlds O. as is : Work to make the world O. Moksha transformed is artha from which it was a liberation. Spirits materialized. Diary: How to Improve the World. Luce Hoctin. Les Halles