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Listening (4'33''/back to school) 

As a musician, listening is everything.  We live in an age of hyper-stimulation, where commercials are noticeably louder than the content you want to watch in an attempt to shock you into paying attention.  In John Cage's famous 'silent piece' "4'33"" the performer attempts to make no sound, the idea being that the audience enters a place of heightened perception where they become aware of all the background sounds in that location.  

I remember being in a first-year music course and when we listened to this…Read more