[Track #041] 4'33 minutes of stolen silence

author: conny blom

"In the sound piece "4:33 Minutes of Stolen Silence" I have sampled pauses and breaks within recorded compositions of rock, jazz and classical music and constructed a four minutes and thirty-three seconds long piece of copyrighted silences in obvious reference to John Cage. It might sound absurd, but as the copyright law is written today everything in a recorded composition is protected, including silence. By stealing these compositional pauses, and creating a new piece out of them, I am trying to reveal new aesthetic qualities. The silence proves to be far from silent. When the surrounding sounds have been edited out, it is possible to raise the volume and hear things hidden behind the background hiss: unintentional noises, lingering notes or perhaps even voices."

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