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Experiments in sound with John Cage

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Composer John Cage's career has always been marked by experimentation. It's no surprise, then, that this 1966 interview with Cage would test the limits of host William Ronald's patience -- not because Cage is being difficult, but because it's almost impossible to make out his responses. Cage is wired with a number of microphones controlled by his musical assistant, pianist David Tudor, who adjusts and distorts the sound they pick up. "It was very interesting, but it almost drove me mad," says Ronald afterwards.

Medium: Television
Program: The Umbrella
Broadcast Date: May 29, 1966
Host: William Ronald
Guest: John Cage
Microphone assistant: David Tudor
Duration: 7:00

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