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The Computer Realization of John Cage’s Williams Mix

This paper describes the process of creating a new per-formance of John Cage’s early tape music piece Williams Mix (1952). It details the features of the score, the sound library, and the process used by Cage and his group of friends (David Tudor, Earle Brown, Louis and Bebe Bar-ron, etc.) to construct the piece. The construction of a new version of the piece is then described, discussing the problems interpreting the score, the collection of sounds according to Cage’s specification, and the creation of a computer music patch to perform Williams Mix.


Tom Erbe     web site
Music Department
UC San Diego
United States


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