• Radu Malfatti: erasing notes

As I mentioned in this week’s Three Beats, 2012 is the centennial of brilliant composer and thinker John Cage. For many people Cage is just the prankster who composed 4’33”, in which the performer does nothing but turn a few pages of sheet music for the duration. This radical 1952 composition shook to its foundation the public’s understanding of what “noise” and “silence” meant, particularly the latter. Listen closely to “silence” and you’ll realize that there’s really no such thing—instead you’ll experience an ever-changing symphony of small sounds, some of them generated by your own body’s processes.