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Of Stone and Sand: John Cage and David Tudor in Japan, 1962

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The discussion of Cage's reaction to the rock garden at Ryōan-ji is a pivotal moment

While the text here accompanies the photo albums, the narrative is extraordinarily insightful. The anecdote about John Cage's reaction to the rock garden at Ryōan-ji is a particularly pivotal moment, revealing inherent conflicts and collisions between the aleatoric/chance operations methods of Cage and a cultural legacy that - while on the surface seeming to share a remarkable commonality in aesthetics - nevertheless conceals tremendous compositional intent as well.

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The discussion of Cage's reaction to the rock garden at Ryōan-ji is a pivotal moment

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