Posts Tagged ‘John Cage’

Monte Carlo-isation of music!

January 8, 2008

He followed the rules of the Chinese divinatory practice of the I Ching, or Book of changes, which uses random operations to generate any one of sixty-four hexagrams, each describing a different state of mind or being (“force,” “radiance,” and so on). The piano cycle Music of Changes, composed in 1951, depended on the I Ching throughout; successive rolls of the dice determined what sound would be heard, how long it should last, how loud it should be, what tempo should be observed, and how many simultaneous layers of activity should accumulate.

Alex Ross in The rest is noise, discussing a piece of John Cage.