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from 4'33" by mark s williamson



It is well documented that John Cage’s 1952 piece; 4’33” is not about silence. It is about the sound of the space in which the piece is performed or the environment in which a recording is listened to. It has also been noted that, to engage silently with one’s environment for nearly five minutes is not easy. However, given the framework of a performance or recording of the piece, the mind is forced to focus on the sounds of the space.
Whilst preparing a release recently, I found the transparent, CD shaped piece of plastic which tops a new spindle of CD-Rs. What if this was actually a recording of 4’33”, well not a recording but a listening aid. A physical manifestation of the silence. I went about producing packaging using a clear plastic dual case and acetate printed inlays.
Then I thought, what if I, in parallel to this virtual-physical release, recorded a version. I built a tiny anechoic chamber, smothered it in pillows and blankets, closed all the doors and windows and pressed record.


from 4'33", released August 7, 2020


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