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Title: Ever Heard of Chance Music?

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Subject: Music and Movies
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Date: August 2, 2004
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One of Cage's pieces, HPSCHD, itself composed using chance procedures, uses music from Mozart's Musikalisches Wurfelspiel, referred to above, as well as original music and he also generally used coin-tossing and other procedures depending on designs resulting in a pre-defined number of choices to be made...

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But still, both the aesthetic aims as well as the number of elements controlled by chance make the two methods differ clearly. Douglas Hofstadter, writing in Godel, Escher, Bach, thus punningly characterises some of the musical compositions of John Cage by using the acronym CAGE to stand for Composition of Aleatorically Generated Elements, in contrast to a Beautiful Aperiodic Crystal of Harmony (or BACH)...

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