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John Cage

Dátum narodenia: 5. september 1912
Dátum úmrtia: 12. august 1992

John Cage bol americký skladatel aleatorickej experimentálnej hudby, spisovateľ a tvorca audiovizuálneho umenia.


„Vysoká škola: dvesto ľudí prečíta tú istú knihu. Zásadná chyba. Dvesto ľudí by mohlo prečítať dvesto kníh.“

„If you develop an ear for sounds that are musical it is like developing an ego. You begin to refuse sounds that are not musical and that way cut yourself off from a good deal of experience.“


„I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.“

„The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.“

„If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.“

„I have nothing to say
and I am saying it
and that is poetry
as I need it.“

„Every something is an echo of nothing“

„In the dark, all cats are black.“


„Get yourself out of whatever cage you find yourself in.“

„As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency.“ Silence

„All great art is a form of complaint“

„There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.“ Silence: Lectures and Writings


„When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas- all are there. But as you continue painting, they start leaving, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you are lucky, even you leave.“

„Artists talk a lot about freedom. So, recalling the expression "free as a bird," Morton Feldman went to a park one day and spent some time watching our feathered friends. When he came back, he said, "You know? They're not free: they're fighting over bits of food.“ Silence: Lectures and Writings

„The emotions - love, mirth, the heroic, wonder, tranquility, fear, anger, sorrow, disgust - are in the audience.“ Silence: Lectures and Writings

„Everything we do is music." (Classical Composer)(From: 4'33")“

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