Fontana Mix

Fontana Mix

by John Cage
     
 

Él Records issues this hip little compilation of early and prime electronic work by John Cage. The title track (named for his landlady), recorded in 1958, has been out of print for decades and makes its debut appearance on CD here. Cage fans will note this is one of the very few recorded occasions where the composer delved into formal musique concrète. This version…  See more details below

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Él Records issues this hip little compilation of early and prime electronic work by John Cage. The title track (named for his landlady), recorded in 1958, has been out of print for decades and makes its debut appearance on CD here. Cage fans will note this is one of the very few recorded occasions where the composer delved into formal musique concrète. This version was recorded for magnetic tape alone. "The City Wears a Slouch Hat," with Cage accompanying poet Kenneth Patchen on one of his radio plays, has been issued before. Well-known pieces that are also included here are "Music for Carillon No. 1" and "Williams Mix" (both from 1952), as well as "First Construction in Metal" (1939). These three works appeared on the German Wergo label as part of its multi-disc package entitled 25 Year Retrospective Concert. The two selections from "Music of Changes" are from a recording made by David Tudor in 1953. Taken together, these seven pieces are a small but representative element of Cage's "way of hearing" in the early decades. Even today, the "Fontana Mix" itself sounds quite revolutionary and futuristic.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/2010
Label:
El Records
UPC:
5013929319431
catalogNumber:
2931943
Rank:
93806

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Cage   Primary Artist,Percussion,Conductor,Narrator
David Tudor   Piano,Carillon
John Larkin   Spoken Word
Manhattan Percussion Ensemble   Ensemble
Xenia Cage   Percussion
Stuart Lloyd   Percussion
Ruth Hartman   Percussion
Madelon Grayson   Spoken Word
Tremayne   Spoken Word
Jonathan Hole   Spoken Word
Frank Dane   Spoken Word
Forrest Lewis   Spoken Word
Claire Oppenheim   Percussion
Cilia Amidon   Percussion

Technical Credits

John Cage   Composer,Liner Notes
Kenneth Patchen   Text
Ilhan Mimaroglu   Liner Notes
Paul Price   Director
Amanda LeCorney   Cover Art
Merce Cunningham   Piano Assistance

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