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EXPERIMENTATIONS: JOHN CAGE IN MUSIC, ART AND ARCHITECTURE. Branden W. Joseph. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2016. 232 pp. with 44 ills. 23 x 16 cm. LC 2016-1838 ISBN 9781501306396 In English.
Hardcover edition also available; see Worldwide 175632. Publisher's description: Experimentations provides a detailed historical and theoretical analysis of the first three decades of experimental composer John Cage's aesthetic production (ca. 1940-1972). Paying particular attention to Cage's inter- and cross-disciplinary engagements with the visual arts and architecture during this period, the book sheds new light on some of Cage's most controversial and influential innovations, such as the use of noise, chance techniques, indeterminacy, electronic technologies, and computerization, as well as upon lesser known but important ideas and strategies such as transparency, multiplicity, virtuality, and actualization. Ultimately, it traces the development of Cage's avant-garde aesthetic and political project as it transformed from the emulation of historical avant-garde precedents such as futurism and the Bauhaus, to the development of important precedents for the post-World War II movements of happenings and Fluxus, to its ultimate abandonment in the aftermath of problems encountered in the vast, multimedia composition HPSCHD (1967-69).
Artist(s):Cage, John
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1945 — Several Media
Plans: 73
Worldwide Number: 175633
Paperbound $29.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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