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Through The Looking Glass: John Cage and Avant-Garde Film

Richard H. Brown


Through the Looking Glass examines John Cage’s interactions and collaborations with avant-garde and experimental filmmakers, and in turn seeks out the implications of the audiovisual experience for the overall aesthetic surrounding Cage’s career. As the commercially dominant media form in the 20th century, cinema transformed the way listeners were introduced to and consumed music. Cage’s quest to redefine music, intentionality, and expression reflects the similar transformation of music within the larger audiovisual experience of sound film. This study covers a wide variety of topics, ranging ... More

Keywords: John Cage, experimental music, experimental film, audiovisual studies, film music, visual music, music and technology

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190628079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190628079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard H. Brown, author
Lecturer in Music, California State University, Long Beach

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