John Cage 's Theory Of Silence And Chance Operations

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During the twentieth century, one composer in particular, John Cage, challenged the idea of music, sound, and art. Because of a distinct style and the utilization of innovative mechanisms, Cage proved to be one of the world’s most original composers. He took music into a new direction creating sounds and works that have never been performed before. Through his philosophy of silence and chance operations, John Cage distinguished the difference between sound and music; sounds possess the ability to stand independently while the creation of music depends on sounds and their particular arrangement. On September 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California, John Cage was born. From the start, environments of “constant innovation, improvisation, and exploration” had surrounded Cage, as his father was an inventor (Kozinn “John Cage”). Growing up, he studied and learned how to play the piano. At the age of twelve, he had created his own weekly radio show in which he would feature his own performances (Kozinn “John Cage”). After graduating from Los Angeles High School, Cage began to study at Pomona College. Shortly after, he discontinued his education at the institution, and saw the education he received as “a lack of original thinking” ("Music Is Everywhere: John Cage At 100"). This action first introduces how Cage lived life by his own rules, and foreshadows how he would eventually bend the rules and traditions of music. In 1931, Cage began to study composition while under the…

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