A Chance Operation-The John Cage Tribute

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This collection features works by various luminaries in the international avant-garde performing works by or in memoriam of the iconoclastic composer John Cage. Performances range from David Tudor's electronic explorations to Patrick Moraz's performance of Cage's "Dances for Prepared Piano." The irony will not be lost on fans of Cage's work that a recorded tribute album for a composer who disliked the recorded medium is at best a strange tribute. But that said, considering the uniqueness of the collection -- and indeed the clout of the listed performers -- even the most orthodox of Cage disciples will be pleased with this recording. Each disc of this two-disc set is split up into nearly 100 tracks, making either a ...
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All Music Guide
This collection features works by various luminaries in the international avant-garde performing works by or in memoriam of the iconoclastic composer John Cage. Performances range from David Tudor's electronic explorations to Patrick Moraz's performance of Cage's "Dances for Prepared Piano." The irony will not be lost on fans of Cage's work that a recorded tribute album for a composer who disliked the recorded medium is at best a strange tribute. But that said, considering the uniqueness of the collection -- and indeed the clout of the listed performers -- even the most orthodox of Cage disciples will be pleased with this recording. Each disc of this two-disc set is split up into nearly 100 tracks, making either a special treat or grand annoyance for those with the shuffle-play feature on their CD players. Laurie Anderson is featured reading texts by Cage over her own compositions on several tracks, and these add a fair amount of unity to this sprawling collection. The final work on this recording is entitled "New York City" and is an ambient recording of the environment outside Cage's apartment. ~ Mark W. B. Allender
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/18/1993
  • Label: Koch Int'l Classics
  • UPC: 099923723820
  • Catalog Number: 7238

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Ashley Track Performer
Takehisa Kosugi Track Performer
James Tenney Track Performer
Laurie Anderson Track Performer
John Cale Track Performer
David Tudor Track Performer
Christian Wolff Track Performer
Ken Nordine Track Performer
Oregon Track Performer
Ralph Towner Synthesizer
Glen Moore Contrabass (Vocal)
Kronos Quartet Track Performer
Patrick Moraz Piano, Track Performer
Yoko Ono Track Performer
Meredith Monk Track Performer
Jackson Mac Low Track Performer
Larry Austin Track Performer
Robert Black Double Bass, Track Performer
Frank Zappa Track Performer
Reek Havoc Sampling
Paul McCandless Bass Clarinet, Oboe, Soprano Saxophone
Ryuichi Sakamoto Track Performer
David Van Tieghem Track Performer
Roger Zahab Violin, Track Performer
Anne Tardos Track Performer
Kris Nordine Vocals, Sampled Piano
Earle Brown Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robert Ashley Programming, Producer
John Cage Introduction
Takehisa Kosugi Producer
James Tenney Producer
Laurie Anderson Producer
John Cale Producer
David Tudor Producer
Christian Wolff Liner Notes
Oregon Producer
Ralph Towner Liner Notes
Kronos Quartet Producer
Patrick Moraz Producer, Liner Notes
Yoko Ono Producer
Meredith Monk Liner Notes
Jackson Mac Low Producer, Liner Notes
Larry Austin Producer, Liner Notes
Akio Akashi Programming
Rev. Gary Davis Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Tom Erbe Remastering
Frank Zappa Producer
Bryce Goggin Engineer
David Harrington Liner Notes
David Meschter Engineer
Ryuichi Sakamoto Producer
Judith Sherman Producer
David Van Tieghem Producer, Engineer
Michael Fine Producer, Liner Notes
Doug Dubrow Engineer
Susan Hapgood Contributor
Bob Henrickson Engineer
Steve Kraatz Programming, MIDI
Cornelia Lauf Contributor
Roger Zahab Liner Notes
Anne Tardos Producer, Liner Notes
Aaron Heller Engineer
Kris Nordine Engineer, Wavestation
Steven Smith Producer
Ben Rizzi Engineer
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