Boomkat Product Review:
Now 55 years old, the John Cage Christian Wolff LP is perhaps best known to avant-garde and noise fiends for inclusion of Cage’s Cartridge Music , which was the venerable composer’s attempt at presenting a live performance of electronic music.
With no disservice intended to Wolff’s side (we’re just not that into it), Cartridge Music is the big attraction here, yielding an unstable tract of fractious small sounds gathered from recordings of various objects pushed, scraped and jabbed on a turntable’s cartridge. The results on record are a superimposition of four performances by Cage and his regular collaborator David Tudor, each working within the chronologic parameters of Cage’s composition, but each slightly different and resulting an unpredictable series of events in time.
Taken in contemporaneous context, Cartridge Music was a bold attempt at opening the story of live electronic music performance, and while it’s maybe fair to say that it seems totally primitive by today’s standards, theres’ still a haphazard klang and magick to the work which still resonates today.