June 10, 2003
John Cage's Williams Mix

williams mix / john cage

I don't really know the historical context, but I feel safe in assuming it was relatively mind-blowing for 1951. From http://sfsound.org/tape/CageAustin.html:

The process of creating the original realization of Williams Mix, as Cage explained, involved the precise cutting/splicing of recorded sounds to create eight separate reel-to-reel, monaural, 15-ips magnetic tape masters for the 4-minute 15-second, octophonic tape piece. The 192-page score is, as Cage referred to it, a kind of “dressmaker's pattern--it literally shows where the tape shall be cut, and you lay the tape on the score itself.”

I think you have to have done something really right to get a minute and a half of sustained bravos and boos from an audience of music critics and academics.

Posted by jjwiseman at June 10, 2003 05:02 PM

Great way to spead the word about Cage's work! Williams Mix is the best, isn't? You oughta hear its sister piece, the Fontana Mix...

A Cage scholar

Posted by: Joe on September 14, 2004 09:35 PM

anybody have a copy of fontana mix or know where to get it.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

Posted by: gary on January 5, 2005 08:11 PM

Take a look at www.ubu.com. Search for John Cage. They have the Fontana Mix and several other tracks.

Posted by: seth on February 16, 2006 12:43 PM
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