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John Cage Performs James Joyce

Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura / 2005

15, English/Japanese

Document of a voice performance by John Cage who ‘reads’, ‘vocalizes’ and ‘whispers’ in three different manners his artificial language taken from Finnegens Wake by James Joyce. Cage freely composed the letters according to a chance operation using the I-Ching. – T. I.

“Roaratorio is one of the classics of Cage’s oeuvre and in Iimura’s 15-minute recording‚ John Cage Performs James Joyce, Cage presents the core of the spoken part of the work. Its composition, like many of his other works, is aided by the I-Ching.” – Mike Leggett (Leonardo Digital Review)


View online film excerpt here.