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John Cage "Silence: Lectures and Writings by John Cage"

"If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep."
- John Cage


John Cage
『Silence:
Lectures and Writings by John Cage』


Wesleyan University Press, First printing 1961, Wesleyan Paperback, 1973
xii, 276p, 21x17.5cm, 20.9x17.9cm, paperback



Wesleyan University Press のジョン・ケージ著作集シリーズ一冊目。
わたしが買ったのは2000年代に入ってからの増刷だとおもいます。

シリーズ内容は:

Silence: Lectures and Writings
A Year from Monday: New Lectures and Writings
M: Writings '67-'72
Empty Words: Writings '73-'78
X: Writings '79-'82


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Contents:

Foreword
Manifesto

The Future of Music: Credo
Experimental Music
Experimental Music: Doctrine
Composition as Process
 I. Changes
 II. Indeterminacy
 III. Communication
Composition
 To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music of Changes and Imaginary Landscape No. 4
 To Describe the Process of Composition Used in Music for Piano
Forerunners of Modern Music
History of Experimental Music in the United States
Erik Satie
Edgard Varèse
Four Statements on the Dance
 Goal: New Music, New Dance
 Grace and Clarity
 In This Day
 2 Pages, 122 Words on Music and Dance
On RObert Rauschenberg, Artist, and His Work
Lecture on Nothing
Lecture on Something
45' for a Speaker
Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?
Indeterminacy
Music Lover's Field Companion



john cage - silence 2

「Composition as Process II. Indeterminacy」

この講演は極小の活字で組まれていますが、ケージによると、内容が尊大だから、あえて字を小さくしたのだそうです。


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「Lecture on Something」



◆本書より◆


「Future of Music: Credo」より:

「Wherever we are, what we hear is mostly noise. When we ignore it, it disturbs us. When we listen to it, we find it fascinating. The sound of a truck at fifty miles per hour. Static between the stations. Rain. We want to capture and control these sounds, to use them not as sound effects but as musical instruments.」

「It was a Wednesday. I was in the sixth grade. I overheard Dad saying to Mother, "Get ready: we're going to New Zealand Saturday." I got ready. I read everything I could find in the school library about New Zealand. Saturday came. Nothing happened. The project was not even mentioned, that day or any succeeding day.」

「A young man in Japan arranged to his circumstances so that he was able to travel to a distant island to study Zen with a certain Master for a three-year period. At the end of the three years, feeling no sense of accomplishment, he presented himself to the Master and announced his departure. The Master said, "You've been here three years. Why don't you stay three months more?" The student agreed, but at the end of the three months he still felt that he had made no advance. When he told the Master again that he was leaving, the Master said, "Look now, you've been here three years and three months. Stay three weeks longer." The student did, but with no success. WHen he told the Master that absolutely nothing had happened, the Master said, "You've been here three years, three months, and three weeks. Stay three more days, and if, at the end of that time, you have not attained enlightenment, commit suicide." Towards the end of the second day, the student was enlightened.」



「Four Statements on the Dance」より:

「In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it's not boring at all but very interesting.」


「Lecture on Nothing」より:

「Slowly, as the talk goes on, slowly, we have the feeling we are getting nowhere. That is a pleasure which will continue. If we are irritated, it is not a pleasure. Nothing is not a pleasure if one is irritated, but suddenly, it is a pleasure, and then more and more it is not irritating (and then more and more and slowly). Originally we were mowhere; and now, again, we are having the pleasure of being slowly nowhere. If anybody is sleepy, let him go to sleep.」


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「Where Are We Going? and What Are We Doing?」より:

「One of the noticeable things about our going is that we're all going in different directions. That's because there's plenty of room. We're not confided to a path and so we don't have to follow in someone's footsteps even though that's what we're taught to do. We can go anywhere, and if we can't, we concentrate on finding a way to get exactly there (if we know where there is).」


「Indeterminacy」より:

「In the poetry contest in China by which the Sixth Patriarch of Zen Buddhism was chosen, there were two poems. One said: "The mind is like a mirror. It collects dust. The problem is to remove the dust." The other and winning poem was actually a reply to the first. It said, "Where is the mirror and where is the dust?"

Some centuries later in a Japanese monastery, there was a monk who was always taking baths. A younger monk came up to him and said, "Why, if there is no dust, are you always taking baths?" The older monk replied, "Just a dip. No why."」



john cage - silence 5

「Composition as Process I. Changes」



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