Thursday, February 9, 2012

John Cage | Mozart Mix

The lame acrostic is pretty unforgivable, but John Cage's Mozart Mix, released in 1991 in an edition of 35 copies, is an interesting experiment in simultaneous asynchronous loops. The hinged wooden box contains 25 cassettes (featuring performances of a variety of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) and 5 cassette players with built-in speakers. The listener is encouraged to select five tapes at random, and play to them simultaneously.

The work is considered the first sound installation published as an edition, and can be heard here.

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