Random Acts Of Sound
17 artists, 258 songs
Beginning in the mid 1950s, an entirely new direction of composed music started to emerge. John Cage, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Witold Lutoslawski and other composers began to create music that incorporated varying degrees of random chance into what was heard. In a notorious display of this new philosophy of music, that he was a major influence in creating, John Cage used silence to make listeners focus on the sounds of their environment. Other composers used such techniques as forcing improvisation from the musicians by using graphical notation, random ordering of movements or even algorithm-based computer generated compositions.