In 1937, in a talk titled The Future of Music: Credo, John Cage said, "I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purposes any and all sounds that can be heard ..." As a salute to Cage for his leadership in what Joel Chadabe called "the great opening up of music to all sounds", and in the spirit of the 100th anniversary year of his birth ...
We invite composers, sound artists, and any interested person around the world to join us in the creation of 100 compositions that are based on recorded sounds of natural and urban environments.
Creativity and originality are certainly central to John's legacy. So there are absolutely no guidelines except for the use of recorded environmental sounds as an important component of your composition.
This is a great idea!
If you'd like to join us in this project, contact us.
Send compositions. Either create a composition expressly for this collection or contribute a composition that has been recently completed. Please follow the format guidelines below. We'll add your work, with your name and other documentation, to the list of finished compositions. Your composition will be available to anyone who would like to download it.
Send sounds. Please follow the format guidelines below. Send us sounds, with your name and description/title of the sound, for inclusion in a list of 100 sounds. These sounds will be available to anyone who would like to download them for use in their individual compositions or in a group composition.
Formats. Send your compositions by download link in 2 tracks; formatted as mp3, wav, or aiff files; at least 44.1 kHz/16-bit words.
Communications. Questions, comments, ideas, and other communications are welcome. And we'll be in touch with you. This is our best contact address:
Organizing group so far. William Blakeney (Canada), Joel Chadabe (US), Thomas Gerwin (Germany), Gayle Young (Canada).
Participants so far. Ros Bandt, Guy Barash, Leah Barclay, Sandeep Bjagwati, Richard Bitting, William Blakeney, William Bradbury, Warren Burt, Joel Chadabe, Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, Marc Chesterman, Thanos Chrysakis, Lucio Cuellar, Andrew Culver, Patrick Derivaz, John Driscoll, Frank Dufour, Phil Edelstein, Lawrence English, Ricardo Garcia, Richard Garrett, Paul Geluso, Thomas Gerwin, Carl Golembeski, Matthew Goodheart, Brett Gordon, James Harley, Thom Holmes, Jo Hutton, Arsenije Jovanovic, Joseph Kubera, Richard Lerman, Philip Mantione, Alex Marse, Jennifer Monson, Barnaby Oliver, Garth Paine, Maria Papadomanolaki, Milica Paranosic, Robin Parmar, Maggi Payne, Christopher Preissing, Steve Ricks, Jane Rigler, Paul Sadowski, Giorgio Sancristoforo, Eleonor Sandresky, Alyce Santoro, Clare Shore, Kent Sparling, Greg Steinke, Zane Trow, Sarah Weaver, Gareth Whittlock, and Gayle Young.
Finished works so far. And as compositions are finished, we're listing them ...