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As SLow aS Possible

by Scrvpvlvs
Dec 24, 2011 10:00 PM–

On that “Fatal Day”, “Fatal Day in Halberſtadt”¹ (Thirteen ſixty-one, February twenty-third), Nicholas Faber’s archetypal manual with five raiſed rear keys gathered ſemitones to form one twelve-part octave, equal tempered ; into which ſtrait jacket of ſtems we then bound all our music. Music ſlipped its ſtraps at laſt, bled acroſs the lines. Cowell, Carlos, Cage freed it with noiſe and ſilence. Now Gerald Woehl’s Cage Organ keens in Halberſtadt, its ſix hundred thirty-nine year ſentence : to play Cage “As SLow aS Poſsible”.² This work to be read for ever or five minutes, whichever comes firſt.

—Edward K. McGuire, December 24, 2011

1. Partch, Harry. “Geneſis Of A Muſic, An Account Of A Creative Work, Its Roots And Its Fulfillments”. 1979.

2. Cage, John. “Organ²/ASLSP (As SLow aS Poſsible)”. 1987.

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