John Cage, David Tudor – Musik Im Technischen Zeitalter 1963
In the winter of 1962-63 the writer on music and supporter of contemporary music Hans Heinz Stuckenschmidt, professor at the Technische Universität in Berlin, ran the international lecture series Musik im technischen Zeitalter, which was broadcast live by the Sender Freies Berlin from the Berliner Kongresshalle. His guests were contemporary composers of the postwar era.
John Cage was invited to give a lecture with musical examples. He transformed the live broadcast into a performance of, in Stuckenschmidt’s words, “methods of surprise and terror” determined by chance operations, in which he and the pianist and composer David Tudor performed two compositions by Cage (Variations II, 1961, and Fontana Mix, 1958) simultaneously.
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