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Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: The 25-Year Retrospective Concert Of The Music Of John Cage
Format: Double LP
Label: Doxy
Country: Italy
Price: $35.00
"Recorded live at Town Hall, NYC in May of 1958, this historic concert (organized by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg) was a retrospective of Cages work from 1934 to the present. Here Cages interest in technology, Eastern philosophies, and the concept of silence and chance as related to composition come to the fore as he plays some of his most significant and controversial pieces of his career, several of which (Six Short Inventions for Seven Instruments, She Is Asleep, Music for Carillon, and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra [in which Merce Cunningham took the part of the conductor - the living clock - and David Tudor that of the pianist]), were performed here for the first time ever. This concert created quite a stir for its time, with many journalists and audience members loudly complaining this isnt music! Includes booklet with comments by Cage himself." -Doxy

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: John Cage Shock
Format: Double LP
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $31.00
"Special 2LP version of EM Records John Cage Shock series, compiled from the three CD releases. Featured works: 2655.988" for 2 Pianists and a String Player, Piano Music #7, 000", Variations II. Performers include: David Tudor, Toshi Ichiyanagi, Kenji Kobayashi, Yoko Ono and John Cage. Includes rare photos and liner notes in Japanese and English, plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 1
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"In October 1962, John Cage and his great interpreter/co-visionary David Tudor visited Japan, performing seven concerts and exposing listeners to new musical worlds. This legendary "John Cage Shock," as it was dubbed by the critic Hidekazu Yoshida, is the source of this series of releases -- three CDs and a "best hits" double LP compilation. Recorded primarily at the Sogetsu Art Center in Tokyo on October 24, 1962 (with two performances from October 17 at Mido-Kaikan in Osaka), all recordings in this series are previously-unreleased. A major historical trove, unearthed. The performances on this tour featured Cage and Tudor with some noteworthy Japanese musicians playing pieces by Cage and a number of other composers. Volume 1 begins with Toru Takemitsus Corona for Pianists (1962), played by Tudor and Yuji Takahashi, an indeterminate piece scored using transparencies, a sign of Cages influence on younger Japanese composers of the era. Following this is Duo for Violinist and Pianist (1961) by Christian Wolff, written specifically for David Tudor and violinist Kenji Kobayashi. The final piece, a near-20-minute realization of Variations II (1961), is a rare example of the rougher side of Cage, work that presaged much of the live electronic music and noise of the following decades, an aspect of his oeuvre which is woefully under-represented on CD. Cage and Tudor, using well-amplified contact microphones on a piano, deliver an electrifying performance, alternating distorted stretches of harsh 60s reality with bountiful silences. The John Cage Shock series features truly historical recordings, all previously-unreleased, of compositions by an amazing roster of international composers. The intensity of these has remained hidden and unheard for half a century, but remains undiminished. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English with commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 2
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"Volume 2 in EM Records John Cage Shock series lifts off with a fiery example of David Tudors piano virtuosity, his mastery of dynamics well-evident in a performance of Klavierstücke X (1961) by Karlheinz Stockhausen. The titular shock of this series is delivered even more forcefully with the next piece, John Cages 2655.988" for 2 Pianists and a String Player (1961), which was first performed the year before in Darmstadt by Tudor and Kenji Kobayashi, a combination of two of Cages solo pieces. The performance here, from Osaka, has a slightly altered title and the composition becomes a seismic quartet with the addition of Toshi Ichiyanagi and Yoko Ono, with the four performers providing acutely-angled blasts of sound. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Shock Vol. 3
Format: CD
Label: EM
Country: Japan
Price: $23.00
"The final CD of the John Cage Shock series features John Cages 000" (1962), also referred to as 433" No. 2, performed by the composer, with daily activities such as writing and drinking coffee amplified by contact microphones into sonic abstraction, following the scores directions: "with maximum amplification (no feedback), perform a disciplined action." Next is Composition II for 2 Pianos (1960/1961) by Michael von Biel, lovely and sparse, performed by David Tudor and Toshi Ichiyanagi. The disc closes with Ichiyanagis Piano Music #7 (1961), performed also by Tudor and Ichiyanagi, beds of silence disrupted by pianistic stabs, music box madness, traffic recordings, percussive thumps, tape manipulations and more. Features rare photos plus liner notes in Japanese and English plus commentary by Toshi Ichiyanagi." - EM.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Sonatas and Interludes
Format: Triple LP Box
Label: John Cage Trust
Country: USA
Price: $152.00
"Sonatas and Interludes for Prepared Piano (1946-48). New recording by Nurit Tilles in a deluxe 3LP (45 rpm) audiophile box set. The release of this limited edition (433 numbered copies) is in honor of John Cages Centennial Year, produced in conjunction with the John Cage Trust. Includes archival material, a 40-page color book with essays, pressed on 200 gram vinyl and slipcase. "If the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 marked the end of the 19th century, then John Cages birth that year represented the start of a new one, musically speaking. Cage created hundreds of works and to my ears Sonatas and Interludes is one, more than any other, that will stand the test of time. Like a Merce Cunningham dance, there is something new to experience with each encounter of this magnificent piece. By my count, there are over 20 recordings of Sonatas and Interludes with each performer (and production and engineering team) bringing something new to the realization. However, this is the first recording of this seminal piece ever presented in a 45 rpm format for the audiophile. It is my hope that listeners will marvel at the breathtaking sonics of the recording, but more than that -- the superlative performance by Nurit Tilles. When Laura Kuhn and I first discussed this project we immediately locked on Nurit. Her preparation and playing is nothing short of magnificent. And as wonderful is her playing, Nurits beautiful spirit comes through with verve in these grooves. A noted filmmaker said there is no history, only historians. This recording is historic." --Anthony B. Creamer III. Performed by Nurit Tilles, piano, at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Sosnoff Stage March 21-23, 2011. Recording Engineer: Andreas Meyer; Mastering Engineer: Kevin Gray; Creative Direction: Donna Wingate and Naomi Yang." - John Cage Trust. Nurit Tilles has played with Steve Reich (on the original recording of Music for 18 Musicians), David Borden, etc. Very nice packaging designed by Naomi Yang, apparently nominated for a Grammy...

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Cheap Imitation
Format: LP
Label: Mirumir
Country: Italy
Price: $28.00
"Recorded at Mills College in Oakland, CA in March 1976, this LP represents one of the very few examples of John Cage performing his own work. Actually written in 1969, Cheap Imitation, composed for solo piano, is based on Erik Saties symphonic drama Socrate. An example of one of Cages indeterminate pieces, here Saties Socrate undergoes a series of variations based on the random extraction of hexagrams from the I-Ching. 180 gram vinyl reissue. Pocket gatefold LP with printed inner sleeve and liner notes." -Mirumir.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Empty Words (Parte III)
Format: Triple LP Boxset
Label: Mirumir
Country: Italy
Price: $64.00
"When John Cage took to the stage at Milans Teatro Lirico on 2 December 1977 to read from a portion of his not yet published book, Empty Words, little did he know that he was about to incite one of the great art riots of the twentieth century! As Cage reads aloud in what sounds like a nonsensical language (the result of using the I-Ching to extract a series of sounds and syllables from the journal of Henry David Thoreau), the Italian audience (many of whom did not really know who Cage was or what to expect from the performance) begins to grow increasingly unruly, eventually yelling for Cage to get off the stage! Cage, however, simply ignores it and keeps right on reading above the din for over 2 full hours. This fully remastered triple LP box set of this historic performance also features an explanatory text along with accompanying illustrations and photographs of the event. 180 gram vinyl." -Mirumir.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Live - Credo In Us
Format: 7"
Label: Stomach Ache
Country: USA
Price: $6.50

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Early Electronic and Tape Music
Format: CD
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
"I believe the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard." --John Cage, 1937. "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios -- for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 -- his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhans global village. The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century. Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realization of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realization of Fontana Mix includes the individual mono tracks from Cages original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited." -Robert Worby, Langham Research Centre.

Artist: CAGE, JOHN
Title: Early Electronic and Tape Music
Format: LP
Label: Sub Rosa
Country: Belgium
Price: $16.00
Limited edition mixed silver/white vinyl. "I believe the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard." --John Cage, 1937. "Although John Cage occasionally worked in large, sophisticated studios -- for example, when he composed Fontana Mix in 1958 -- his approach to electronic and tape music was often uncomplicated, makeshift, and pragmatic, employing simple tabletop devices: tape machines, phonograph cartridges, contact microphones, record players, portable radios, etc. He developed a soundworld that was utterly new, radical and demanding. It heralded the age of the loudspeaker, mass communication and Marshall McLuhans global village. The hiss, crackle and hum of electronic circuits, and the disembodied sounds, snatched by radio from the ether, spoke of the 20th century. Langham Research Centre works within the tradition firmly established by Cage, using resources that would have been available to him. For the realization of Cartridge Music, moving iron phonograph pickups were sourced and restored. These have a knurled screw designed to hold a steel phonograph needle and, in the piece, other objects are inserted and amplified: pieces of wire, toothpicks, paperclips, etc. The realization of Fontana Mix includes the individual mono tracks from Cages original tapes created in 1958. These are played using open-reel tape machines. These practices ensure we work within the limitations that Cage experienced and enable us to get close to the soundworld he inhabited." -Robert Worby, Langham Research Centre

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