THE AMERICAN COMPOSER JOHN CAGE built an artistic legacy that's still influential more than two decades after his death in 1992. Cage took great delight in subverting the aesthetic orthodoxies of his day and liberating himself and fellow artists to break rules and create something entirely new — the very definition of avant-garde art.
If you've been listening to Hearts of Space for awhile, you've probably noticed that the music we bring you spans a wide range of cultural time and place, and seems to come from very different concerns: a contemplative music, as BRIAN ENO famously put it in his Ambient Manifesto of 1978, "that creates calm and a space to think."
Yet like the so-called "Venn diagram" that visually reveals the common area where seemingly different entities overlap, avant-garde and post-classical "New Music" have long had a taste for ambient sound, and many avant-garde composers were deeply influenced by Cage and his unorthodox techniques of creating music, including his famous piece consisting of 4:33 of silence — perhaps the ultimate statement of ambient space.
On this transmission of HEARTS of SPACE, we explore the place where avant-garde and Ambient music overlap, on a program called IN A LANDSCAPE. Music is by JOHN CAGE, MORTON FELDMAN, THE DEEP LISTENING BAND, and DANIEL LENTZ.