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March 13th, 2013 by MegaFest Updates (website)

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100 years since the birth of J.C.

September 5th, 2012 by hethre (website)

No… not Jesus Christ…

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I’m talking about the other J.C.—prophet of sound art, John Cage. This year has been a bash with centenary festivals everywhere you turn. The importance of this man to modern music and sound is undeniable. Cage’s voice still resonates from the past and continues to influence the work of composers, artists, and theoreticians today. Communities all over the world have their own unique ways of commemorating his legacy.

This Friday, September 7, The New School will honor Cage with a concert featuring members of the Sonic Arts Union. If J.C. was a prophet of sound, then you could say that these guys were sonic apostles. They incorporated Cage’s lessons and ideas into their own practices, and ultimately became major players in the sound art scene as well. Three quarters of this group, Robert Ashley, Alvin Lucier, and David Behrman, will be joined by Chris Mann for a performance that will blow your mind…

Really, take a look at the program notes that Lucier submitted for his piece:

MUSIC FOR SOLO PERFORMER (1965)

for

enormously ampli[fi]ed brain waves and percussion

Music for Solo Performer was the first work in history to use brain waves for musical purposes. During a performance, a performer sits with electrodes affixed to his or her scalp. The signal from the electrodes is routed through at least sixteen audio amplifiers and loudspeakers deployed throughout the space. The speakers are directly coupled to percussion instruments, including tympani, drums, gongs, cymbals and found objects. During the performance one or more assistants channel the amplified alpha waves to loudspeakers and percussion instruments in various combinations.

Music for Solo Performer was first performed on May 5, 1965, at the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University. John Cage assisted in the performance.

The set-up alone for this event is a massive undertaking. James Fei, Associate Professor of Electronic Arts at Mills College in California, will oversee its technical completion.

The event is free and there are no tickets. It is simply first come, first seated. So get there early!

If you can’t make it out to this event, there are other ways to get down with my main man, J.C. This app has received the official seal of approval from James Briggs III, audio engineer to the stars. It simulates a prepared piano, an instrument popularized by none other than, you guessed it, John Cage.

Further Reading:

Ashley, Robert. “The Influence of John Cage.” (2011)

Cage, John. Silence. (1961)

Kirn, Peter. “John Cage at 100: A Celebration in Words, Listening, and Prepared Piano iPhones.” (2012)

Pritchett, James. The Music of John Cage. (1993)


<< twenty 'leven baller <<

January 31st, 2011 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

two newses. whaddya want first? fine, here comes: no bigboy festival in 2011 [ducks]. yeah, we be sorry. but that’s where news #2 is comin’ in …

WATCH IT. meaning us. we have plans, be it tentative, for smaller thingz. it’s a looo o o ong year and who knows what it/we might be bringin’?

that is all (fer now).

ARCHIVES HEE AH

August 24th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

cvs_night_visionGO STRAIGHT TO THE PAGE

WHERE THE ARCHIVES GO

GONNA SEE EM GROW

GOT AUDIOS VIDEOS MO

2010 BAL TI MO YO

more videoz of audioz

July 10th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

putting the finishing touches on the archives yes! it’s coming. In the meantime, rebecca bray and jimmy garver have posted their own documentation of their very popular project SILOSPHERE. fun times were had. fun times will be had:

sum archives by our good friends

June 9th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

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The good people at free103point9, spearheaded here by Maria P, have posted some archives of various events recorded at this year’s festival. There are special interviews and documents of events and everything great. Here’s the original event descriptions of what they covered:

Visit the free103point9 site for the archival akshun.

Get Yer Chaircut Ringtones Here

May 24th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

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MegaFest’10 Teresa Foley posted not one but two ringtones for your phone’s pleasure. Our guess is these are probably the only two Chaircut ringtones you’ll ever need, one for each grandma.

This Guy = OUR GUY

May 18th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

Felix Kubin on the cover of the June 2010 issue of the Wire (ripped from thewire.co.uk)

Felix Kubin on the cover of the June 2010 issue of the Wire (ripped from thewire.co.uk), not long after wearing the same suit at and doing summa zee following at da 2010 MegaFESTTT:

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DUN

May 17th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

MEGAPOLIS CUTTING ALL DA EDGESWOO sleepy > more documentations soon.

THANKZZZ FOR COMING! Bmore 4evah.

if you got photos or videos and you likes the flickr site, upload them and tag them with “megafest10″. there might be some there already. interesting.

May 14th, 2010 by Mr. Megapolis (website)

MEGAPOLIS

HAS

……BEGUN