Wednesday, April 16, 2008
John Cage & Christian Wolff (LP, Mainstreet, 1962)
The oldest entry on this blog until now I guess. The three pieces by Wolff on one side are nice, 'Duo For Violonist & Pianist', 'Summer' for string quartet and 'Duet II' for Horn and Piano, but it's fairly traditional modern classical music, well, of course as far I can judge. But the true reason is the other side, Cage's 'Cartridge Music', which is a piece for contact microphones and small amplified objects and as Cage says, with the feedback left in. I heard various versions of this piece and they are all quite soft, but here Cage and Tudor rock like hell. This is exactly like Merzbow would sound, twenty years later. Great early noise. I am not sure I will put up more Cage, but I have the two 'Variations' LPs which are also on CD, so anyone interested in buying them, let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Covers are worn but the records sound great.