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Check out the video of John Cage's 4'33" over at the Unclutterer, then come back. No, really, I'll wait.

I would sincerely like to say that I am as capable of laughing as any other human being on the planet, and that I'm more appreciative of new forms of music than your average bear.

But this isn't funny. And it's not music. If you want four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence, say so. And also? Don't invite an entire orchestra to come "play" it for you once you've custom-printed three-page scores for each member, containing only movement numbers and the word "tacet" (it is silent). You don't need a paintbrush if your favorite color is transparent, and you can do silence without calling up the philharmonic.

Knowing as I do what magnificent sounds those instruments and their players are capable of, it very nearly causes me physical pain to see them assembled and abused in this way. Please have enough respect for the assembled talent and instrumentation to play some music.

You know. They kind you can hear?

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It is my considered opinion as an unwashed bourgeoisie plebe that art of this nature is horseshit.

And speaking of art and poo, in a world of infinite variety and creativity, why is every piece of public sculpture a shit-brown hunk of scrap metal?

As a fan of John Cage (and of 4'33" in particular), I will nonetheless agree that this orchestral version is a huge waste of resources -- I am however more than a little fond of the (subtle?) theatricality involved in the original solo piano version wherein each movement begins by closing the lid over the keyboard and ends with it being reopened (but then, I sometimes enjoy the sound of power saws chewing thru metal and 2-year-olds banging on pianos with their little fists, so YMMV, of course, of course...)

You walked right into their trap. That was supposed to provoke that reaction, you are the art, he has conducted you.

To ignore a piece is the greatest insult.

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