I just found this and had to share it. 4′ 33″, the pioneering silent music composition by the late John Cage, has influenced a new phone app! Hey, it was just a matter of time, right?
The 4′ 33″ app, commissioned by the John Cage Trust, encourages users to capture sounds around them, exploring ambiance the world over. The original song itself features 4 minutes and 33 seconds of sheer silence.
The app is currently available to download via the App Store. Description: Create a performance of John Cage’s 4′ 33″ and share the results with the world.
Here’s what they are saying about the App:
– Wonderful teaching tool! I have been using this in my 3rd through 8th grade music classrooms to have guided discussions about how different “silence” can sound in different parts of the world. Everyday at the beginning of class we listen to a recording. It inspires their imagination as they try to come up with the location of the recording before i tell them. They also pause to think about what is going on in the world at that particular moment in that particular place. The older students extend these thoughts by adding some background information such as: how does the culture influence the sounds within this “silence?” I have been amazed at some of the things they come up with!!!
– Unexpected and Clever! So much joy in listening to people around the world share their lives. Would like to be able to save a list of favourites to a separate library, or some kind of playlist for later listening.
SOURCE: The Line Of Best Fit