Earlier today John Foxx
participated in the re-recording of John Cage
Below is the press release...
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
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 Cage
ís 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
, 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
, Channel 5
ís The Wright Stuff
to name a few. The campaign stepped up a gear in October 2010 with the help of Eddy Temple Morris
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 Hilliard
ís 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 Machine
ís 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
): When Cage
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
): 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."
Below are some links from around the www which have (so far) covered this item... The BBC
... The Guardian
... The Metro
... Music News
Watch the recording of 4'33" here
I dare say that there'll be plenty more articles to follow...