The Space Between
Positive and Negative Space in Harmony
These episodes originally aired the week of August 15, 2011.
Monday, October 17, 2011
“There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.” Can you guess which composer spoke these words? Don’t worry, I’ll wait!
4’33” later (har har. sorry)
John Cage completely disassembled the concept of music and built it back up again, exploring beauty, noise, silence, and contemplation within the construct of performed concert music.
Good and evil, light and dark, positive and negative space. As the song goes, you can’t have one without the other. There is no sound without silence, there is no form without void. This week, we’ll calm things down a bit pay attention to the spaces between the notes. This week’s show is all about music that is friends with contemplation.
When have you found silence to be most arresting? Most captivating? What's the most profound, or even dramatic moment of silence in music?