John Cage

Diary: How to Improve the World (You Will Only Make Matters Worse)

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An eight-CD set of brilliant observations, from the humorous to the speculative to the heart-filling. Cage speaks of lives and notions of the well-known - B. Fuller, Thoreau, the Vietnam War, Meister Eckhart, Schoenberg, being crammed in a subway car and odd confrontations with airplane employees ; of unique and everyday events--unemployment, free worldwide commnications, dads and moms, electric clothing, workable anarchy. The typography determines the stereo distribution and level of Cage's voice, the effect of someone talking inside your head, disembodied. (The printed texts additionally used color changes to parallel this effect.) Some of the text, pictures of Cage reading and the clean water supply, and chronologies accompany the discs.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
49:10

Track Listing - Disc 2

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1
46:03

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
43:33

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
39:54

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
44:17

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
36:54

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
45:33

Track Listing - Disc 8

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
38:16
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