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In 1948, Cage joined the faculty of Black Mountain College, where he regularly worked on collaborations with Merce Cunningham. Around this time, he visited the anechoic chamber at Harvard University. (An anechoic chamber is a room designed in such a way that the walls, ceiling and floor will absorb all sounds made in the room, rather than bouncing them back as echoes. They are also generally soundproofed.) Cage entered the chamber expecting to hear silence, but as he wrote later, he "heard two sounds, one high and one low. When I described them to the engineer in charge, he informed me that the high one was my nervous system in operation, the low one my blood in circulation." Cage had gone to a place where he expected there to be no sound, yet sound was nevertheless discernible. He stated "until I die there will be sounds. And they will continue following my death. One need not fear about the future of music." The realization as he saw it of the impossibility of silence led to the "composition" of his most notorious piece, 4′33″.

Cage repeatedly claimed that he composed 4′33″ in small units of silent rhythmic durations which, when summed, equalled the duration of the title. Cage suggested that he might have made a mistake in addition. Some have speculated that the title of the work refers to absolute zero, as 4’33″expressed in seconds is 273 seconds, and minus 273 degrees is absolute zero in the Celsius scale; there is, however, no evidence that this relationship is anything more than a coincidence.

The premiere of the three-movement 4′33″ was given by David Tudor on August 29, 1952 in Woodstock, New York as part of a recital of contemporary piano music. The audience saw him sit at the piano and, to mark the beginning of the piece, close the keyboard lid. Some time later he opened it briefly, to mark the end of the first movement. This process was repeated for the second and third movements[47]. The piece had passed without a note being played—in fact without Tudor (or anyone else) having made any deliberate sound as part of the piece. Only then could the audience recognize what Cage insisted upon, that “There is no such thing as silence. Something is always happening that makes a sound."

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Legend has it that Keith Moon (drummer with The Who) was standing in the lobby of a mid-western American hotel, with his portable cassette player blasting out some of the Who's latest work. After a few minutes, the normally crowded lobby had become deserted so the hotel manager asked Keith to turn the “noise” down to a quieter level.

In true rock and roll spirit, Moon kept playing his tape at a really high volume - cue another plea from the manger to turn the noise off. This battle of wills continued until the manager told Keith that if he didn’t turn the machine off he'd call the police.

It was time for a compromise. Moon said he would go back to his room if the manager would go with him. This seemed a bit strange but it was agreed and the pair went up to Keith's room on the 9th floor.

When they got there, Moon asked the manager to wait outside the door while he went inside. Shortly after, Moon came back out - followed by a dynamite explosion coming from his bathroom.
As smoke filled the hallway, Moon turned to the horrified manager and calmly explained, "That my friend is noise. This on the other hand," as he turned on his cassette player again, "is The Who."

RAWK :o)

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I read a financial email every morning, the writer has a good sense of humour, when he feels like it..

"Robbing Peter to pay… well, Peter

The Government has learned the lessons of the subprime crisis rather well. Sadly, what it’s been learning about is financial tomfoolery and off-balance-sheet borrowing, rather than the eventual impact of indulging in it. I’m talking about this great idea to pay off the money loaned to Northern Rock by issuing Government-backed bonds to investors.

So let’s just get this straight. The Government loaned £25bn of taxpayers’ money to Northern Rock. It’s now going to pay this money back to the taxpayers by issuing £25bn of bonds. Which are guaranteed by the Government – and therefore the taxpayer.

Of course, the benefit to the Government is that the issue is kicked a bit further off into the grass. But the fact remains that the taxpayer is still on the hook for a bank whose biggest business was mortgage lending, just as we head into what could easily be the biggest housing slump the UK has seen in generations.

That’s another fine piece of prudent economic management by Mr Brown and his glove-puppet Chancellor."

Whoops - well done Gordy ! :o)

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.. well I haven't been on here for a good while ! How is everybody ? I guess i've been removed from everybodies friend lists now, right ?!

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http://thesuperficial.com/2006/01/scarlett_johansson_gets_her_br.html

She is the hotness.... :-)

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Jesus.. not been on here in ages again ! Not been up to masses really. Have put down a reservation fee on a flat at the end of our road that is being built at the moment. Went to see the solicitor this morning, seemes quite down to earth but she charges £187 per hour PLUS vat ! Jesus H Christ. Fuck. The. Priest.. that is a lotta money for one hours work. We won't be visiting her anymore than we need to !

Went karting at bayford meadows on sunday with the forum folks.. we came second over a two hour endurance event I spun off twice in my stint and i'm sure we could have just about won had I not done that ! :-( I just lost concentration and I was straight off the track, couldn't see bugger all through my crash helmet what with the mud that sprayed up.

Anyway, really enjoyed that. A good day out and only 35 mile from mine.

Almost time to go home now :-) been feelin quite tired today and need to get an early night tonight I think though i'll probably fall asleep on the sofa again knowing me..

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The reporters name is Chris Hogg ?! lol

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4605202.stm

What that name for people who don't go out on friday the 13th ?
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Too damn right !

http://uk.news.yahoo.com/03012006/140/britain-threatened-pc-thinking.html
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TOO GOOD NOT TO PASS ON
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> Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes
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> "OH NO!" the President exclaims. "That's terrible!"
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> His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as
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> President sits, head in hands.
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> Finally, the President looks up and asks, "How many is a brazillion?"
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