3. 4’33” - John Cage: Cage’s piece, for the unfamiliar, consists of four minutes and thirty three seconds of no music at all—not to be confused with complete silence, since Cage intended his audience to focus on the concert hall’s ambient sound. It’s a groundbreaking work in avant-garde music, and one Cage called his most important. But that’s not why it’s listed here.
This would require a whole lot of fan participation. If everyone—every fan, every vender, every usher, every bathroom attendant—could remain silent while the pitcher walked in from the bullpen and threw his warm-ups, well, that’d be about as badass an entrance as I could imagine. Is it too much to ask? Hardly. We already keep mum for the Star-Spangled Banner.
Think about how completely overwhelming it would be to an opponent watching the fireballer in question get ready, the only noise in the entire stadium the sound of fastballs smacking the catcher’s mitt. Could the outlook be any more bleak?
The obvious downside to this choice, of course, would be when it started going wrong. Just a few boos would echo throughout the stadium if the loyalists remained silent, so Cage’s work should be reserved for a true shutdown guy.
Posted: January 06, 2009 at 05:54 PM | 97 comment(s)
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