Happy birthday, John Cage!

To celebrate, here are ten rules for teachers and students from John Cage and Sister Corita Kent.

We’re all teachers and/or student, and always will be, so apply these rules liberally (a transcription follows):

source: bavatuesdays.com

“Merce Cunningham Studio 55 Bethune Street NYC NY 10014

10 rules for students and teachers from John Cage

Rule 1: Find a place you trust, and then, try trusting it for awhile.

Rule 2: (General duties as a student)
Pull everything out of your teacher.
Pull everything out of your fellow students.

Rule 3: (General duties as a Teacher)
Pull everything out of your students.

Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.

Rule 5: Be Self Disciplined, This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a better way.

Rule 6: Follow the leader. Nothing is a mistake. There is no win and no fail. There is only make.

Rule 7: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. t is the people who do all the work all the time who eventually catch onto things. You can fool the fans — but not the players.

Rule 8: Do not try to create and analyze at the same time. They are different processes.

Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It is lighter than you think.

Rule 10: We are breaking all the rules, even our own rules and how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for “x” qualities.

Helpful hints:
Always be around.
Come or go to everything,
Always go to classes.
Read everything you can get your hands on.
Look at ??? carefully and often.
SAVE EVERYTHING. It may come in handy later.”

New issue: Angry Violist 5.5

Hello. I have made a zine in 24 hours in honour of International Zine Month 2012.

The zine was thought-up, written, typeset, copied and assembled entirely within a 24 hour period. Since I don’t have a printer, the zine was made using typewriter and letraset transfers.

And, oh yeah, none of it is edited.

The mini-issue contains writing about:

  • Understanding our hierarchy of music, sound and noise
  • Plugging in and going electric after being an acoustic musician for years
  • I ❤ Michael Karoli, violinist for Can
  • When music and psychology collide: Stendhal syndrome and the White Christmas experiment
  • Vulnerability and creativity: about insecurity as a musician. (I keep wanting to refer to this article and the subject matter of this article as “music therapy”, but that is something entirely different. It’s really about the psychological pitfalls of being a musician. Performance psychology, I suppose.)

Every cover is different

You can buy it from my Etsy shop or, my preferred method of transaction, by emailing me about some kind of swap/trade.
This issue of the zine is A6 (quarter size) and is 20 pages long, b&w and staple-bound. The back is hand-library-stamped and the cover has hand-drawn spirographs.

I made this zine in 24 hours: there are a LOT of typos, please don’t judge me.

the music in issue five of Angry Violist zine

Is experimental string playing the new rock’n’roll?
Tongue in cheek ad for Schoenburg’s twelve tone composition, a.k.a. “the second Viennese school”:

The music video of the ‘Cage against the machine’ campaign to get celebrity-drenched recording of 4″33 to number one:

Revolution Number 9, The Beatles, 1968 — I love that string motif at 00:31

Hymnen, Stockhausen, 1966/67

The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky, 1913

The Noise Rainbow
White noise

Pink noise

Brown noise

Corenelius Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra
The Great Learning, Cardew and the Scratch Orchestra, 1968-70 (this recording in 1981)

Treatise, Cornelius Cardew, 1963-67 (this recording/interpretaition in 2009)

Star-spangled banner, Jimi Hendrix, 1969

Heroes and all-stars of string playing
Tony Conrad & Faust, from Outside of the Dream Syndicate, 1972

Polly Bradfield, Solo Improvisations for Violin, 1979
Listen/read about it here