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Options January 31, 2017: A440, Op. 4, No. 16: Prepare for Piano Preparation with Stephen Scott, Toshiro Mayuzumi, The Flashbulb, Aphex Twin, Arvo Pärt and - of course - John Cage

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Artist Track Album Comments Approx. start time
John Cage  Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos (1945)   Options     0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Aphex Twin  Jynweythek Ylow (2001)   Options Drukqs    0:05:50 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Music behind DJ:
The Flashbulb 
Windup Glass (prepared) (2015)   Options Compositions for Piano    0:08:07 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Toshiro Mayuzumi  Pieces for Prepared Piano and Strings, III. Finale   Options   Benjamin Owen, Prepared piano with the Louisville Orchestra  0:14:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Igor Stravinsky  Capriccio for Piano and Orchestra, I. Presto (1929, rev. 1949)   Options   Valery Gergiev, piano with Mariinsky Orchestra directed by Denis Matsuev  0:18:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Hocket I   Options Fire and Ice  Performed by the Bowed Piano Ensemble http://bowedpianoensemble.com/  0:25:52 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Four-Note Aria   Options     0:27:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Hocket II   Options     0:28:04 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Lament   Options     0:29:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Stephen Scott  Baltic Sketches: Dance   Options     0:31:19 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
        0:40:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
John Cage  Tossed As It Is Untroubled (Meditation) (1944)   Options   Philipp Vandre, Prepared Piano  0:37:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
John Cage  Works of Calder, I. Prepared Piano   Options   Margaret Leng Tan, prepared piano  0:40:44 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
John Cage  Works of Calder, II. Film Soundtrack with Narration   Options     0:42:55 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
John Cage  Works of Calder, III. Film Soundtrack with Percussion   Options     0:45:05 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Arvo Pärt  Tabula Rasa, II. Silentium (1977)   Options Tabula Rasa  Alfred Schnittke, Preparedb Piano, Gidon Kremer, violin, Tatjana Grindenko - violin, and the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra  0:50:03 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:02pm Linda Lee:

good evening Bethany! thank you for opening with Cage!
Avatar 8:03pm Bethany Ryker:

Thanks, Linda! Welcome all - get PREPARED for Prepared Piano throughout this show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:03pm Linda Lee:

Avatar 8:06pm JakeGould:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:10pm common:

Avatar 8:11pm Kurt Gottschalk:

any sound was ok by cage so long as it wasn't jazz!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:11pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Avatar 8:11pm JakeGould:

@Kurt: Cage hated jazz?
Avatar 8:12pm ranjit:

Cage put those poor percussion orchestras out of business
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Linda Lee:

have we seen the short film called Sound? with Cage & Rahsaan Roland Kirk? doubt he hated jazz.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:12pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Speaking of Glass - Philip 80 today.
Avatar 8:12pm ranjit:

I hope you're gonna play something from Kathy Supové's Exploding Piano tonight!
Avatar 8:13pm ranjit:

@Revolution Rabbit: I went to Glass's 75th birthday event at LPR a while back - I might even say five years ago
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:14pm Linda Lee:

i'm sitting in a chair Cage sat in once or twice :-D
Avatar 8:14pm Kurt Gottschalk:

cage was anti-improvisation, and jazz represented - to him - the height of pure ego. he was trying to create music with no composer or performer ego. in his later years he softened on that stance... a little.
Avatar 8:14pm ranjit:

I am sitting in a chair
Different from the one you are in now
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:15pm Linda Lee:

ranjit ~ only apparently. :-D
Avatar 8:16pm Bethany Ryker:

@Ranjit....look at you with the ALVIN LUCIER reference. Made my day.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:17pm Linda Lee:

missed it. what a plebe. :-D
Avatar 8:17pm Bethany Ryker:

We are all open minded, right - except for the things we aren't open minded about. Was always curious to me that Cage loved chance but not improv, as Kurt points out.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:18pm Linda Lee:

i can see it. improv is assertion, chance is surrender ..
Avatar 8:19pm Kurt Gottschalk:

chance operations were to be determined before the performance, not all willy nilly based on if your feet are sore or you think the violinist is cute.
Avatar 8:19pm ranjit:

@Kurt - thanks, that's really interesting
Avatar 8:20pm Bethany Ryker:

...or the saxophone has a bad reed
Avatar 8:20pm Kurt Gottschalk:

there's good saxophone reeds?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:21pm Linda Lee:

he definitely softened a bit on the anti-improv stance eventually
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:23pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

John Cale: How did you develop all these what in 'serious' music we would call 'prepared instruments'?
Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth): We just acquired all these really really cheap guitars...which were only good for one sound...

Interesting - as people often say in Improv - it's not your last note - but your next one...to me that implies Listening - in a very Cage sense - @ same time as expressing yerself...but that's Jazz, & Cage was after something very specific...aren't sore feet & cute violinists Chance occurrences? Only determined chance...To think that all that great Sax is basically built on a duck call for a mouthpiece (& brass all a raspberry)...
Avatar 8:23pm ranjit:

this Stravinsky reminds me of John Adams - or it should be vice versa I suppose...
Avatar 8:24pm ranjit:

@Revolution Rabbit - I love that quote!
Avatar 8:27pm geezerette:

I see improv as surrender in the form of countless rapid responses. A sense of unselfconscious play.
Avatar 8:27pm Bethany Ryker:

Ranjit - tomorrow is FEBRUARY 1st. Plans for the month?
Avatar 8:28pm ranjit:

Yes! It'll be the tenth year of instrument-a-day, so I can't give up yet.
Avatar 8:30pm Bethany Ryker:

That's truly amazing. Be sure to hold a concert on March 1st with however many of the 282 have survived.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Cool....is there a web site to follow the instrument-a-day?
Avatar 8:31pm Bethany Ryker:

And yes, I was going to say 280 until I remembered there would have been 2 LEAP years in there.
Avatar 8:33pm ranjit:

Very few have survived :) - there's maybe a dozen from the 9 years that I still play regularly, and most of those are away at an exhibit. I do want to have a show, though!

@Ken - I'll post 'em all at moonmilk.com.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:35pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

@geez: For me - that is *thee* most extraordinary thing - when you're playing w/ others & not even thinking about it - it's all just happening. But I suppose Cage was really about the Audition - the Listening w/ nothing else...
What is the 'instrument-a-day' ?? : )
  8:41pm Listening Out There:

This might be the only John cage piece that I've ever liked...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:45pm Dave in Vermont:

Thanks, Bethany.
Avatar 8:46pm JakeGould:

@Kurt: Ah! So he’s the classic artist with an ego who pretends he has no ego so he can cast judgement on others. Maybe? Just saying! Enjoying anyway.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:49pm common:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:51pm Dave in Vermont:

Hey, Kurt, great opening set on your show today. I only heard the first set, walking to campus.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:53pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Hard not to grant Cage his intellectual rigor...there's all that stuff that WyntonMarsalis said about Jazz & Democracy - yerknow - you really do have to determine your space w/ people - so if Cage was about trying to remove the people & letting what happened happen maybe that was a valid attempt.
Avatar 8:53pm Bethany Ryker:

@RevRabbit - Ranjit makes an instrument each day of February. Additionally, he was the mastermind behind the 8-bit violin that was the Grand Prize for my last Marathon show.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:55pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Oh - February - *makes* one! Thx! Wow.
Avatar 8:55pm geezerette:

@RevRab:What is the "instrument-a-day"? I was out for a bit.

Always loved Cage,and Calder's Circus knocks me out!
I found Cage to be very funny, maybe that was a matter of timing.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 8:56pm Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

Calder was way kewl!
Avatar 8:57pm Marc Francis:

Beautiful. Thank you Bethany.
Avatar 8:58pm ranjit:

Calder and Cage were both way kewl! And Margaret Leng Tan is too.

Thanks, Bethany!
Avatar 8:59pm geezerette:

@Bethany: What a wonderful program, have to listen often. FMU , such an embarrasment of riches. :D
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