Episode #1043

John Cage: City Circus, Program 1

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear music from the radical, innovative, mischievous, inventive, and influential John Cage, the notorious sound-experimenter, subscriber to chance, mycology aficionado, and player of chess. He would have been 100 years old today.  Listen to one of his pieces that creates space and stasis, “In a Landscape,” from a 1991 in-studio performance by Margaret Leng-Tan.

Plus, hear John Cage himself, in a 1991 live concert recording, then Cage’s voice layered with other treatments from sound artist Noah Creshevsky.  There’s also poetry dedicated to John Cage that morphs into something resembling binary song.  That, and more.

PROGRAM  #1043: John Cage/Citycircus Pgm.I (First aired Wed.5-4-94)                             





Margaret Leng Tan    

From WNYC's "Around New York" 9/5/91   

Cage: "In a Landscape” {8:00}      

Musicworks 52 (issued with the periodical)
Out of print.  Info

Joan LaBarbara & Kenneth Goldsmith    

73 Poems (dedicated to John Cage)   

Poems 20-46        

Music & text from Permanent Press
or CD only from Lovely Music LCD 3002
See & listen here:

John Cage         

New Sounds Live,  

Town Hall, 5/91


This recording not commercially available.

Noah Creshevsky   


"In Other Words"     [Portrait of John Cage] {9:00}       

Opus One #45. Opus One LP
The work was reissued in 2006 as “Tape Music of Noah Creshevsky 1971-1992” on E. M. Records, Japan

Amy Shulman,    celtic harp; John Schneider, gtr.

Just West Coast: Cage, Partch, Harrison, Young

Cage: "In a Landscape” {8:00}       

Bridge 9041
Available for purchase at

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