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Interdeterminancy (for John Cage)

by Paul Walde (2010-2012)

Interdeterminacy is a large scale graphic notation for a music performance comprised of hundreds of mushroom spores collected about an hour north of Los Angeles where Cage was born. Cage, who was an avid mushroom collector, often quipped that music and mushrooms have nothing to do with one another except for the fact that they appear next to each other in the dictionary. This work combines Cage’s interests in mushrooms and music and is intended to be interpreted through a series of performances accompanying the exhibition of the work. The title is a reference to Cage’s Indeterminacy, which is both a written work in Silence (1958), and an audio recording in collaboration with David Tudor (1959). In the intro to the written version, Cage refers to his intentions for the piece as: “putting the stories together in an unplanned way ...to suggest that all things - stories, incidental sounds from the environment, and, by extension, beings - are related”. The title is also references interpenetration which is a Zen teaching about the interrelationship of all things. This expansive ecology is related to Cage’s late “number” compositions in which an extended harmony is generated through tones that are merely placed in proximity with each other. The players’ instructions for this work are derived from Cage’s One (1988).

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from Music for Mycologists, released June 6, 2015

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Experimental Music Unit Victoria, British Columbia

Experimental Music Unit is a sound ensemble from Victoria British Columbia featuring Tina Pearson (flute, accordion, voice and percussion); George Tzanetakis (clarinets and saxophones) and Paul Walde (bass guitar and percussion). Music for Mycologists is their debut release. ... more

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