“Support is building like a tidal wave,” says the Daily Telegraph in Britain, about a wonderful, unlikely, but conceivably successful project — to push a recording of John Cage’s 4’33” (his famous silent piece) to the top of the British pop chart.
Which is just a wonderful idea. And, according to the Daily Telegraph, the British online betting site Ladbroke’s puts the odds against the plan succeeding at only 5 to 1.
How to support this: Buy the 4’33” single — wonderfully titled “Cage Against the Machine” online. You have to be in the UK to buy from the sites the movement is promoting, which I’m guessing are the ones that count to put the track on the charts. If you’re there, you can buy the track on Amazon UK (and of course iTunes and other places). In the US, you can get it at Amazon US; don’t know that it counts toward the British charts.
There’s actually an entire Cage Against the Machine album, with various mixes of the piece. The official single was recorded simultaneously by many people, including some ranking British pop figures (Billy Bragg, Imogen Heap).
This is just a wonderful idea. I support it completely. Here’s its Facebook page.
And though I don’t want to get ideological about the meaning of this, what a rebuke for people who’ve convinced themselves that the pop music world is only about empty commerce aimed at kids.