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John Cage
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Ryoanji is one of a large number of pieces by Cage which shows the influence of Japanese culture on his work. It is a sonification of his image of the famous Kyoto stone garden, and a unique piece in the last half of his life. The percussionist represents the raked gravel – the minimally-changing ground of the work. The singer and oboist represent the 15 large stones, solidity shifting from moment to moment.
Header image:
John Cage, Where R = Ryoanji (2R)/9 - 6/87 (1987)
Pencils on handmade Japanese paper
John Cage Trust

John Cage's portrait photo by:
Steven Speliotis