From a book on 4’33”

I BELIEVE THAT THE USE OF NOISE TO MAKE
wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. when we ignore it,
MUSIC WILL CONTINUE AND INCREASE UNTIL WE
it disturbs us. when we listen to it, we find it fascinating. the sound
REACH A MUSIC PRODUCED THROUGH THE AID
of a truck at fifty miles per hour. static between the stations. rain.
OF ELECTRICAL INSTRUMENTS WHICH WILL MAKE
we want to capture and control these sounds, to use them not as
AVAILABLE FOR MUSICAL PURPOSES ANY AND ALL
sound effects, but as musical instruments, every film studio has
SOUNDS THAT CAN BE HEARD . . . WHEREAS, IN
a ‘library of sounds’ recorded on film. with a film phonograph
THE PAST, THE POINT OF DISAGREEMENT HAS
it is now possible to control the amplitude and frequency of any one
BEEN BETWEEN DISSONANCE AND CONSONANCE,
of these sounds and to give to it rhythms within or beyond the reach
IT WILL BE, IN THE IMMEDIATE FUTURE, BETWEEN
of imagination. given four film phonographs, we can compose and
NOISE AND SO-CALLED MUSICAL SOUNDS
perform a quartet for explosive motor, wind, heartbeat, and landslide.

~ John Cage, 1961

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