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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 27, 2015 01:06 AM
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by Geoff Manaugh (noreply@blogger.com) last modified Sep 26, 2015



 

 

[Image: Photo by Steve Stills, courtesy of the Guardian].

Over in London later today, the Guardian explains, composer Iain Chambers will premiere a new piece of music written for an unusual urban venue: "the caverns that contain the counterweights of [London's Tower Bridge] when it’s raised."

The space itself has "the acoustics of a small cathedral," Sinclair told the newspaper, citing John Cage as an influence and urging readers "to listen to environmental sounds and treat them as music," whether it's the rumble of a bridge being raised or the sounds of boats on the river.

In fact, Chambers will be performing one of Cage's pieces during the show tonight—but, alas, I suspect it is not this one:
It is rumored that the final, dying words of composer John Cage were: “Make sure they play my London piece… You have to hear my London piece…” He was referring, many now believe, to a piece written for the subterranean saxophony of London’s sewers.
Read much more at the Guardian—or, even better, stop by tonight for a live performance.

(Spotted via @nicolatwilley).

 

 

 
 
 

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