Seth Josel

Seth Josel

© Bernd Wendt

Concert
Sonic Arts Lounge

Williams Mix +

Sonic Arts Lounge

Williams Mix Extended on Deutschlandradio Kultur on 4 May 2012, 00:05

In addition to Cinq etudes de bruit (1948) by Pierre Schaeffer and Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Studie II (1954), John Cage’s Williams Mix (1952/53) is considered to be one of the key works in early tape music. It was Cage’s first composition for tape and, at the same time, the one that pushed the medium to its boundaries.

While early electro-acoustic tape pieces usually resulted in the studio during the work process, Cage created a score beforehand. He established all necessary musical parameters with the help of chance operations. He needed more than half a year in order to realise the 4’15 minute eight channel piece. It consists of cut pieces of audiotape that are meticulously put together. To date, John Cage has remained the only artist to put together a tape piece based on a score. A new interpretation of the recording can be experienced at MaerzMusik for the first time. This new interpretation stretches Williams Mix to 32 minutes, with 600 different sounds being used that were produced by Werner Dafeldecker and Valerio Tricoli.
In addition, the work The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar by Morton Feldman is reconstructed by the guitarist Seth Josel. A further highlight of the evening at Berghain is the staging of Imaginary Landscape No. 5, an audiotape work by John Cage for which 42 phonographic recordings were used. Cage primarily used jazz LPs in this 1952 version.

John Cage
Williams Mix
for magnetic tape, 8 tracks (1952) original version
Werner Dafeldecker / Valerio Tricoli
Williams Mix Extended
for eight channel digital audio.
Based on Williams Mix by John Cage (1952/2012) WP/CW
John Cage
Williams Mix
for magnetic tape, 8 tracks (1952) original version
Morton Feldman
The Possibility of a New Work for Electric Guitar
Two reconstructions of the missing score by Seth Josel (1966/2008)
John Cage
Imaginary Landscape No. 5
for any 42 phonograph records
Original tape (1952)

afterwards:
EM Lounge
Pearls of electroacoustic music for four and more speakers, selected and presented by Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin

Seth Josel, e-guitar
Werner Dafeldecker / Valerio Tricoli / TU Studio, sound design

In collaboration with Elektronisches Studio der TU Berlin – Fachgebiet Audiokommunikation, DAAD: Berlin Artists-in-Residence programme and Berghain.
With support by Goethe-Institut e.V.