‘It was composed in 1952, for any instrument or combination of instruments, and the score instructs the performer(s) not to play their instrument(s) during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements. The piece purports to consist of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed’.
Cage created this work to encourage people to listen to the sounds around them.
Cage’s work closly represents what I have captured within my sound recordings. Which I make while hiding away and isolating myself in the studio can be perceived to consist of silence but just like John Cage’s the recordings are that of atmospheric background noise and the sound of the location of the recording. It is more of a performance of the time and space you are in then that of any music. Also reinforcing the idea that there is never silence there is just lack of identifying clear and direct sounds.