John Cage, Christian WolffJeanne Dielman
JD 118 LP
Long Playing Record
Jeanne Dielman present a reissue John Cage and Christian Wolff's self-titled album, originally released in 1963. This album was an early showcase of both 20th century composers's experimental chops, and is highly regarded as some of their finest work.
Cage's piece, which spans the whole of the first side, was originally composed in 1960, and like many of his pieces, would never be performed the same way twice. It involves the overlaying of transparencies to create the "score", while performers manipulate phonographic cartridges in a variety of ways to create amplified sound.
To add to the effect, this particular performance is actually the superimposition of four performances. In all, it is a truly groundbreaking piece of 20th century classical. Wolff's side, while less extreme, is equally innovative, and a window into his particular pointillist vision of music.