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The Premiere Performance of John Cage’s 33 1/3 (Nov. 21, 1969)

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Item Type: Sound Recording Duration: 44 min
Event Type: Music Program Origin: KPFA

A live recording of the premiere performance of John Cage’s “33 1/3” at the University of California at Davis on Nov. 21, 1969. The work was really a sort of participatory sound installation in which 24 turntables with independent stereo speakers and almost 300 LP records were placed around a large room without any chairs. The audience that entered the room didn't get any instructions, although there was an “attendant’ on hand to assist with operating the equipment if needed. The end result was that after a while, people started putting records on the phonographs and making sounds of their own as well. In classic Cageian style this indeterminate work breaks down the barriers between audience and performer, and sound and music, all the while requiring nothing more from the audience/participant than an open ear and curious mind.

Musical Selections:  33 1/3 (1969) / John Cage
Genres:  New Music; Interactive Art
Subject:  New music; Participatory art; Aleatory music
People:  Cage, John
Recording Date:  11/21/1969
 
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