Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Four Minutes And Thirty-Three Seconds

iTunes is apparently offering John Cage's infamous silent composition 4'33" as a free download of the week, no doubt commemorating April Fools Day. Of all the silliness involving this piece by Cage, my favorite story is what happened to poor Mike Batt of the Wombles. In 2002, he released a song called "A Minute's Silence" and cheekily credited the songwriting to "Batt/Cage." For his trouble, he was sued for plagiarism, and ended up paying a settlement. But amid the esoteric arguments over whether Batt had composed an original piece of silence or illicitly copied Cage's silense, Batt got off one indisputably great line in defense of his version's superiority: "I have been able to say in one minute what Cage could only say in four minutes and 33 seconds."

Anyway, the Pharrell remix is gonna be tight.

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