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The Corridor Project and Accidental Music Festival invite you to an imaginary landscape

April 9, 2013

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Recently, a friend fretted to me that he had this really great idea, but he was afraid to tell anyone anything about it, because he was worried if he couldn’t pull it off, people would judge him for failing. His fear – while common, I think –  is fairly unsubstantiated, since for one thing, there is always another person with another idea who comes along right after you. What didn’t happen is hardly as discussion-worthy as what is happening now. It’s only in creating something memorable that people reflect on the promise of an idea, but a letdown has a much shorter shelf life.

For example, experiencing something so overwhelmingly positive as last year’s “Walk On By” presentation by the Corridor Project or that parking lot performance during Accidental Music Festival, afterwards those in attendance get to subjugate the public memory of the event with their online gushing, their anecdotes to friends, or more humbly, just the way one person feels about one night they spent in this city. What the communities who sponsor these two local events don’t just understand but actively treasure is that spontaneity, the energy you feel as someone who is observing something truly one-of-a-kind that won’t happen the same way ever again. The rush of the unexpected. And so it is no wonder that they champion the works of John Cage, an adventurous composer, musical philosopher and focused genius who was fearless in exploring novel ideas and created unusual (inspired) experiences with his music, including his Imaginary Landscape No. 4, where as AllMusic notes:

The score calls for the prescribed manipulations of knobs on twelve radios; the aural result is dependent on what happens to be on the airwaves at the instant of performance. In “composing” works in such a fashion, Cage ensured that each realization of the score would provide a unique sonic experience.

Since “Walk On By” occurred on Cage’s birthday (Sept. 5) last year, AMF and the Corridor Project had a bright thought to celebrate the the date this year by asking everyone (not just in Orlando, but around the world) to commemorate what would’ve been Cage’s 101st birthday by collectively observing a prolonged moment of silence at 4:33 p.m. EST that lasts four minutes and 33 seconds. This is not an arbitrary time, of course, for this year’s “Walk On By,” instead of having musicians perform the event’s title song (like the Legendary JC’s Eugene Snowden’s version), artists will perform John Cage’s composition 4’33”.

For those interested, you can keep up with the John Cage tribute by visiting and liking the Silence 101 Facebook page.

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