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John Cage Microtonal Raga MP3s

Two weeks ago in Berkeley, the Italian vocalist Amelia Cuni performed John Cage‘s 18 Microtonal Ragas with support of two percussionists, Raymond Kaczynski and Federico Sansei, and Werner Durand on, as he was credited in the night’s program, “drones and electronics.” Tomorrow I’ll be posting some impressions of the piece, along with related photos. In the meanwhile, here are two MP3 excerpts of the ragas hosted at Cuni’s website, ameliacuni.de — one features some of the more “foregrounded” electronic beats that Durand summoned up (MP3) and the other has a singular rattling sound (MP3). If you can’t figure out what that rattling is, check back tomorrow.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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