Silencing the Sounded Self
John Cage and the American Experimental Tradition
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University Press of New England
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
As I wrote and rewrote this book, many friends and colleagues offered their generous assistance. I thank first of all those who read and commented upon all or part of my work in manuscript or published form: Thomas Barrow, Lee Bartlett, Hanjo Berressem, Konrad Boehmer, Norman O. Brown, Thomas...
Context is a predominant concern in my study of John Cage. According to Jonathan Brent, "In Europe he is seen as characteristically American,- in America he is seen as an anomaly."1 This book will challenge the American perception of Cage as an outsider. The first three chapters place John Cage in a distinctively...
Introduction to the New Edition
Silencing the Sounded Self was published in 1998. I tried to make an error-free book back then, and looking back, I think I mostly succeeded. This doesn’t mean there aren’t things I would change now, and I’m sure readers will find their own points of disagreement; however, I’ve decided...
Part One will consider the distinction of self in twentiethcentury American experimental music by locating that distinction with nineteenth-century predecessors. It will examine the aesthetic writings of the composers Charles Ives and John Cage and those of their respective mentors, Ralph Waldo Emerson and...
I will now address certain affinities between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Charles Ives. After briefly describing their experimentalism, I will show that they hold similar aesthetic views regarding the inherently dual relation between humanity and nature. Both identify art as capable of unifying the two via the...
NONDUALISM AND COEXISTENCE
Henry David Thoreau and John Cage depart from the experimental aesthetic views of Emerson and Ives in the following ways. First, they see humanity's relation to the world as nondualistic. Their experiments do not require human imposition,- they simply require attentive observation. Second, Thoreau and...
PART TWO/POETRY AND MUSIC
THE TRANSPARENT EYE/I
The Emersonian "eye": such transparency remains within the concrete "I" of the self. Thoreau's use of the self attempted to make the "I" transparent. Rather than becoming an emanating source of vision, this self simply observes phenomena. These disparate positions inform two kinds of contemporary poetry,...
SILENCING THE SOUNDED SELF
In this chapter I will address John Cage's inclusive desire to allow room for silence in both his musical compositions and written texts. Cage himself noted that "silence" had been a lifelong concern:...
Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 2013
OCLC Number: 864747264
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