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“ Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration ” (review)

“ Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration ” (review) MULTIMEDIA REVIEW "Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration," New World Center, Miami, February 7­10, 2013. The New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry, houses advanced technical capabilities that enable innovations in the fusion of music, performance, architecture, and technology. Michael Tilson Thomas himself admitted that while devising "Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration," it was understood that its unique performance spaces and logistical ingenuities were essential to elicit the necessary insights into such a seminal figure of twentiethcentury music. Becoming a monument to Cage's work over the weekend-long festival, the Center harnessed a wide range of expressive technical media in communicating the composer's life and work to audiences. One example of the collaborative multimedia environment that characterized this celebration of Cage was a unique video installation titled NWS: 4'33", created specifically for the festival by composer Mikel Rouse. Using a matrix system based on chance procedures, Rouse juxtaposed multiple recorded performances of Cage's 4'33" submitted by individuals through YouTube (see the NWS433 playlist on www.youtube.com) in a silent-film format that ran throughout the length of the festival. By choosing to display the submitted performances with only video and not sound, Rouse enabled http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

“ Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration ” (review)

American Music , Volume 31 (3) – Mar 14, 2013

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MULTIMEDIA REVIEW "Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration," New World Center, Miami, February 7­10, 2013. The New World Center, designed by Frank Gehry, houses advanced technical capabilities that enable innovations in the fusion of music, performance, architecture, and technology. Michael Tilson Thomas himself admitted that while devising "Making the Right Choices: A John Cage Centennial Celebration," it was understood that its unique performance spaces and logistical ingenuities were essential to elicit the necessary insights into such a seminal figure of twentiethcentury music. Becoming a monument to Cage's work over the weekend-long festival, the Center harnessed a wide range of expressive technical media in communicating the composer's life and work to audiences. One example of the collaborative multimedia environment that characterized this celebration of Cage was a unique video installation titled NWS: 4'33", created specifically for the festival by composer Mikel Rouse. Using a matrix system based on chance procedures, Rouse juxtaposed multiple recorded performances of Cage's 4'33" submitted by individuals through YouTube (see the NWS433 playlist on www.youtube.com) in a silent-film format that ran throughout the length of the festival. By choosing to display the submitted performances with only video and not sound, Rouse enabled

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Mar 14, 2013

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