File spoon-archives/nietzsche.archive/nietzsche_1995/nietzsche_Nov9.95, message 50

Date: Thu, 16 Nov 1995 21:19:05 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Re: Music, Nietzsche, Rhythm

artifice engenders monsters, quiet and creepy
Malgosia, interesting stuff.  kind of like falling asleep and the 
deafening beating of the heart against the box springs. seems at best we 
can distract ourselves from silence, boredom, ennui, sorry, this is 
beginning to sound like a cheesy entry in Roquentin's journal.

 - Maledetto colui che contrista un spirto immortal!
 - Cursed whoever saddens an immortal spirit! 

On Thu, 16 Nov 1995, malgosia askanas wrote:

> > But I think we would have to ask,
> > how does one write/play/perform _silence_ -- even to speak it is 
> > a violation of it, etc.  ?  (silence, being the essence of rhythm, 
> > the dionysian)
> Well, since Cage was mentioned: Cage's claim is that there is no 
> such thing as silence; that even in an anechoic chamber one hears the
> sounds of one's heartbeat, breathing, etc.  His famous piece 4'33" 
> is a musical composition in 3 movements during which no sounds are 
> intentionally produced; the audience is presented with "silence" -- 
> which, of course, is full of environmetal sounds.  The most common way 
> of performing this piece is with a piano; the performer sits at the piano 
> for 4 minus and 33 seconds, signaling the end of each movement with
> some gesture such as a movement of the arms. 
> -malgosia
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