Recorded: September 2018
Place: Los Angeles
Interview: November 14 2019
How did you approach your performance of 4’33”?
In a way I wanted to go in the opposite direction from the original 4’33”. Rather than create silence I created as many notes as possible. And I made it in my studio in LA. It was just me and a bunch of instruments.
Had you ever thought about performing 4’33” before?
No, this was ‘written’ for the Mute project.
Did you know much about Cage?
I mainly knew of him as a mycologist, which I thought was interesting, as I’d never heard of a public figure mycologist before…
I know that you’re into meditation, as was Cage through his interest in Zen. How important is meditation to you in your life?
Meditation can be almost anything, from calm repose to focus. I guess, broadly speaking, meditation is putting your attention somewhere it might not otherwise go.
Eating a nice orange and really paying attention to it is a powerful form of meditation, for example.
Where do you go when you want silence?
Either my house or the mountains. My house has really good sound insulation, and the mountains are the mountains.
Interview: Mat Smith
Thanks to SC.
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