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In re: 'Experimental Music'

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JournalContemporary Music Review
DatePublished - Feb 2012
Issue number1
Volume31
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)37–62
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

John Cage is universally associated with the phrase “experimental music.” But what did that phrase mean, for Cage and for Cage’s predecessors? I begin with Cage and Lejaren Hiller, both writing important texts on “experimental music” in 1959. From there I trace the phrase backwards, eventually reaching Émile Zola, Gertrude Stein, and William James. A final section traces the phrase forward to Cage and Hiller’s collaboration on HPSCHD (1969).

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  • John Cage, Lejaren Hiller, experimental music

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