The Discovery of Slowness

Posted by: Michael Bates on February 10, 2009 @ 8:42 am
Filed under: Michael Bates (Artist Thoughts)

Here’s a small cut out of a fascinating piece “As Slow as Possible” by composer John Cage.


It’s currently being performed in Halberstadt, Germany and lasts an incredible 639 years.

When checking out the score consider this: the smallest unit is one month. Each determined tone change takes place on the 5th day of the relevant month. ***Recommendation: quarter-note staccato: length 2 months, quarter-note without staccato: length 4 months.***

Equally fascinating is how this piece has generated so much attention. Apparently, back in 2006, thousands came to the city to witness a scheduled note change. I love it.

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