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After watching the video “about silence” where John Cage expresses his love of sound, my eyes have been opened to new possibilities of things. The idea of not recognizing a sound as nothing more than a sound is very interesting. He says he doesn’t want to hear a thud on the ground as a bucket dropping, but merely just a thud.  The mind does seem to put a label on every different sound we hear from things we’ve heard or experienced in our lives. What if we could hear a sound as just a sound? Would the mind still process things in the same way?

The way he analyzes sound makes me imagine a doctor taking apart something very slowly and very carefully. Trying not to miss a single thing, doing it near to perfection. Very interesting, very interesting indeed.

 

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