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#1501 - 12/06/10 09:00 PM Cage Against The Machine...
Rob Harris Online
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Registered: 04/12/06
Loc: Ledbury
Earlier today John Foxx participated in the re-recording of John Cage's 4'33"...

Below is the press release...

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On Monday the 6th of December a band made up of influential artists and musicians of the alternative scene from Pete Doherty to Penguin Prison, Kooks to Coldcut and Crystal Fighters to Dan Le Sac, will be gathered at the legendary Dean Street Studios in Soho to make history by re-recording John Cageís celebrated piece, 4'33", which comprises of four minutes and thirty three seconds of silence. The single (and subsequent 'pocket call' remixes by Alex Metric, Herve, Adam F, Mr Scruff and Hot Chip) will be released on Wall of Sound Records on December 13th, 2010.

Cage Against The Machine was started by London-based artist Dave Hilliard in summer 2010 as a grassroots Facebook campaign to get John Cage's famous 'silent' composition 4'33" to number one this Christmas. The idea soon reached tens of thousands of people and attracted media attention from all the national daily newspapers and radio stations around the world including The Sun, Mail, Guardian, MSN, Channel 5ís The Wright Stuff to name a few. The campaign stepped up a gear in October 2010 with the help of Eddy Temple Morris (XFM broadcaster and ambassador for BTA), Joe Hutchinson (Ou Est Le Swimming Pool) and Mark Jones (Wall of Sound) who joined forces to rally some of the most influential artists, producers and directors around today to make Hilliardís vision a reality.

Just about this time last year what started off as two Ďlikesí on a Facebook page, and which quickly turned into a million, made Rage Against The Machineís anthem Killing In The Name Christmas number one, in now legendary fashion. Jon Morter, one of the chief architects of the RATM campaign last year, recently came out in support of Cage Against The Machine, saying: "If ANY Xmas No.1 campaign is going to work... it'll be the John Cage 4'33" one." Now the Facebook community has reached over fifty thousand people committed to buying this single and, with a nation of indie / rock / punk communities ready once again to make a stand against bland, vacuous pop music; the clarion call is Cage Against The Machine for Christmas Number One!

All the proceeds from sales will go to five charities. These music-related charities were chosen by the Cage Against The Machine Facebook community's organisers as something they feel John Cage would have whole heartedly approved of. These are not fluffy or 'sexy' charities but five charities who are pitifully underfunded and desperate for funds to help research cures and improve awareness: Specifically...

1. The British Tinnitus Association (BTA): When Cage's 4'33" begins, anyone with Tinnitus will just hear their own dreadful ringing. This condition can drive people suicidal and affects musicians more than any other illness. BTA can't even afford to fund a single phone line 24 hours a day to help cope with suicidal calls from sufferers. We can change that.

2. Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): When Chazz Haddon, singer of Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, tragically ended his own life at Pukkelpop festival in August, a spotlight was put on the fact that the biggest killer (aside from road accidents) of men under the age of thirty-five in the UK is suicide. Men are four times more likely to kill themselves than women. CALM is the only charity to soley focus upon addressing young male suicide.

3. Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy: Nordoff Robbins brings music's transforming power to children and adults in need, through the delivery of music therapy services.

4. Youth Music: Youth Music is the leading UK charity using music to transform the lives of disadvantaged children and young people.

5. Sound And Music: Promotes challenging new music and sound art. "Your support enables us to conceive, experiment and pioneer programmes to engage and inspire audiences of all ages."

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Below are some links from around the www which have (so far) covered this item...

The BBC ...

The Guardian ...

The Metro ...

Music News ...

Spoonfed ...



Watch the recording of 4'33" here ...

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I dare say that there'll be plenty more articles to follow...

Rob

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#1502 - 12/06/10 11:14 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
RadioBeach Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
Loc: Paris to Berlin and every disc...
laugh

BRILLIANT!

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#1503 - 12/06/10 11:20 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
the church puddle Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Loc: Exeter, UK
What he said! Let's do this. smile

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#1504 - 12/06/10 11:24 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
RadioBeach Offline
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Registered: 01/05/07
Loc: Paris to Berlin and every disc...
Quote:
Originally posted by the church puddle:
What he said! Let's do this. smile
YEAH! laugh

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#1505 - 12/06/10 11:42 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
fons Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Rotterdam, Holland
Charity = +
Cage's 4,33 = pretentious crap, even the explanations they use to describe it are just that...

cool fons

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#1506 - 12/07/10 08:20 AM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
Birdsong Online
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Registered: 12/24/06
Loc: Southampton, England
This is great news. I knew the campaign was gathering momentum

http://www.metamatic.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=7;t=000802

But didn't relise it had got this far.

Excellent that Quiet man himself is among those involved in it too...

laugh

Is that Suggs I can see next to John towards theend...?
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#1507 - 12/07/10 02:38 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
MemberD Online
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Registered: 04/16/07
Loc: Italy
It seems more than appropriate that the "quiet man" should take part.
Excellent.

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#1508 - 12/07/10 05:19 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
core memory Offline
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Registered: 07/22/08
Loc: Midlothian
Cracking stuff, suitable charity choices, and really great to see John as a part of this.

Does it really matter whether XFarter eats the Christmas day chart pudding or not? its already way beyond everything, you don't need to watch it on TV or listen to the radio to be aware of the extent of Cowells grip on popular culture, I just get on the bus and by the time I get to the centre pages of the free Metro paper I've been unwillingly treated to my daily dose of XFarter heroin.

I hope that 4'33" does get to number one - a moment of silence at the top of the music charts on Christmas day... confounding, or just profound...

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#1509 - 12/08/10 03:44 AM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
Black Shadow Offline
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Registered: 07/22/08
Loc: Bahamut Lagoon
It's pretty cool what John has done, way to go! laugh cool

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#1510 - 12/09/10 06:31 PM Re: Cage Against The Machine...
the church puddle Offline
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Registered: 12/31/06
Loc: Exeter, UK
Just had a thought. Although it is of course highly appropriate for the Quiet Man to be involved, didn't I hear somewhere that he once wanted to be a machine? Perhaps John was the cougher that required a second take. wink

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