John Cage: on Fresh air (Radio program), WHYY, 1982-06-10Additional title: Fresh air (Radio program)
NamesMerce Cunningham Dance Company (Associated name)Cage, John (Composer)Cage, John (Speaker)Gross, Terry (Host)Gross, Terry (Interviewer)Tudor, David, 1926-1996 (Instrumentalist)WHYY (Radio station : Philadelphia, Pa.) (Broadcaster)
Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection. Audio materials
Dates / OriginDate Created: 1982-06-10
Library locationsRodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded SoundShelf locator: *LTC-A 1457
TopicsCage, JohnDuchamp, Alexina, 1906-1995Duchamp, Marcel, 1887-1968Suzuki, Daisetz Teitaro, 1870-1966Aleatory musicComposition (Music)Monologues with music (Electronics)Musique concrèteZen Buddhism -- Philosophy
NotesContent: Terry Gross speaks with John Cage on Fresh air (Radio program), broadcast on WHYY FM radio.Content: Title, date, and location provided by cataloger based on typed and handwritten notes on original container and cassette, and audition.Content: Typed note on original container: "John Cage, with Terry Gross, FRESH AIR (1982) ; John Cage & Klaus Schoning, re: ROAR (1986)". Handwritten note on original cassette, side a: "John Cage with Terry Gross ; Originally 6/10/82 WHYY-FM, Philadelphia".Content: Contains side a of the archival original cassette.Venue: Broadcast on WHYY FM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1982 June 10.Acquisition: Gift; Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation, 2011-2012.Citation/reference: Forms part of the Merce Cunningham Dance Foundation Collection.
Physical DescriptionAudiocassetteExtent: 1 audiocassette (29 minutes) : analogSound quality is good.
DescriptionTerry Gross introduces the program and speaks about her guest, John Cage; ca. 1:44-4:45, excerpt from Cage's Indeterminacy (1959) with musician David Tudor; John Cage speaks about his interest in the exploration of composition and changes in his career over time; he speaks about why he chose to pursue a career in music instead of painting; he speaks about his composition process and interest in everyday sounds; he speaks about perception and meditation; he recalls a lecture given by [Daisetz Teitaro] Suzuki [his Zen Buddhist teacher] and how he related these concepts to composition, especially in his use of chance operations; he speaks about using indeterminacy with performers of his compositions; he speaks about memory and experience, and quotes Marcel Duchamp, Reńe Char, and Erik Satie; they speak briefly about sense perceptions and encountering art; Cage speaks briefly about hunting for mushrooms; he speaks about ordering the relationship between nature and society, especially the influence of Buckminster Fuller's ideas about this order; he speaks about several Buddhist ideas of "ways of living"; he tells an anecdote about playing chess with "Teeny" [Alexina] Duchamp and speaks more about his friendship with the Duchamps, especially with Marcel; he speaks about Duchamp's secret final work, Étant donnés; Gross concludes the program.
Type of ResourceSound recording
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 917697569NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20762160Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 0b031eb0-b913-0133-b60e-60f81dd2b63c
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