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Very silent night promised by Cage chart bid

David Davies 7 December 2010
Very silent night promised by Cage chart bid

John Foxx, Paul Epworth and many others are participating in a bid to get a new recording of John Cage’s iconic experimental composition, 4’33”, to the prized Christmas UK number one spot.

Due for release next Monday (13 December), the new recording was captured at London’s Dean Street Studios on 6 December. Alongside Foxx and Epworth, artists including Billy Bragg, UNKLE, Orbital, Pete Doherty and Coldcut were also due to participate. The recording was filmed for a promo release by Dick Carruthers, famed for his work with Led Zeppelin, Oasis and many others.

Composed in the late ’40s, 4’33” is the work with which American composer John Cage (pictured) is mostly closely identified. Although generally regarded as being entirely silent, it actually encompasses the environmental sounds of the performance or recording space.

Informed by Cage’s study of Zen Buddhism, 4’33” has been the subject of a surprising number of covers, including Frank Zappa’s rendition for a 1993 Cage tribute album and, most recently, funk-rock band Living Colour’s take included on 2009 album The Chair in the Doorway.

Gathering support via a dedicated Facebook page ( that has already received more than 50,000 expressions of support, 4’33” 2010 will be released on Wall of Sound Records, with remixes to be contributed by Alex Metric, Herve, Adam F, Mr Scruff and Hot Chip.

All the proceeds from sales will go to five charities: the British Tinnitus Association, Campaign Against Living Miserably, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy, Youth Music and Sound and Music.

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