Boomkat Product Review:
Composed by John Cage in 1958, 'Fontana Mix' is a landmark, massively influential piece of tape music consisting of a score and four multi-channel tapes featuring sources derived from six different classes: city sounds, country sounds, wind-produced sounds, manually produced sounds, electronic sounds and smaller, amplified sounds. "The desire to find new sounds and to abandon the traditional role of the composer as a controlling authority were hallmarks of John Cage's career and made him at once a revered and reviled figure in modern music. Composer, philospher, poet, graphic artist and mycologist (authority on mushrooms), the pioneering Cage used carefully structured segments of time and filled them with sound materials derived by chance processes such as the rolling of a dice or the use of the I Ching. In perhaps the ultimate and most outrageous - statement of the aesthetic, he wrote 4:33, a piece involving total silence on the part of the performer, into which the random sounds of the world enter."