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John Cage by the Letters

A play on the composer's name on his 100th birthday

The latest from the great Resting Bell netlabel is a two-track, 25-minute set by Rick Tarquinio titled Waves. Things are buried beneath these waves, in particular the first track. A lush, lightly melodic piece (MP3), it’s reportedly built on a note sequence derived from the last name of composer John Cage, who would have turned 100 this year. No doubt Cage, a fan of such wordplay as mesostic, would have appreciated both the piece’s affect and its provenance. The second track is a wonderfully sedate meditation on the melodica (MP3). In the composer’s description of the album as a whole, “Waves uses minimal source material arranged accidentally into long pieces meant to evoke waves coming ashore.”

[audio:|titles=”Wave 1″|artists=Rick Tarquinio] [audio:|titles=”Wave 2″|artists=Rick Tarquinio]

Tracks originally posted at More on Tarquinio, who is based in New Jersey, at His work was previously featured here in November of last year.

By Marc Weidenbaum

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