John Cage tributes to air on WREK Sept 2nd-4th

John Cage is a towering figure in 20th Century music composition, with a body of work that challenges the concept of music itself. In celebration of his 100th birthday on Sept 5th, 2012 WREK will be recognizing Cage with a series of events. These events will include a two-hour Sunday Special on Sept 2nd, a live performance during the Sept 4th regular Live @ WREK show on Tuesday Sept 4th, and midnight shows for three nights Sept 2nd – 4th.

Click “Read more” for more information, including specific information on the 4’33″ composition.


Sun Sept 2nd 7pm-9pm: Cage overview
listen via WREK archive
download mp3s: part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4 / part 5
Mon Sept 3rd 12am-1:30am: early Cage 1939-1948, tributes from 1993
listen via WREK archive
download mp3s: part 1 / part 2 / part 3
Tue Sept 4th 12am-1:30am: Variations IV (1965) album in entirety
listen via WREK archive
download mp3s: part 1 / part 2 / part 3
Tue Sept 4th 10pm-11pm: LIVE performance featuring Stuart Gerber, Jan Baker, Caleb Herron, Robby Kee and Robert Cheatham
listen via WREK archive
download mp3s: part 1 / part 2 / part 3

Wed Sept 5th 12am-1:30am: Indeterminancy (1959) album in entirety
listen via WREK archive
download mp3s: part 1 / part 2 / part 3 / part 4

After the series airs, you will still be able to listen to it for up to two weeks afterwards, thanks to WREK’s two week archive.

Special thanks go to the following people for generously providing their recorded material for these shows:  Kevin Haller, Scott Watkins and Curt Wells.  Thanks to the online resources of and for their excellent archives of Cage music and composition information. And thanks to the Live at WREK crew for an outstanding job during the live event!

Finally, thanks to WREK in general for allowing us to do this, in particular we greatly appreciate the efforts of Maria Sotnikova, Kate Godwin and Patrick Stoica.


We do expect to get some requests for Cage’s most famous and notorious work, 4’33″. We invite listeners to experience this composition one of the following ways:

  1. Call in during one of the shows, and we’ll put you on hold for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.
  2. Turn off your radio for 4’33″.
  3. Do nothing for 4’33″.

More Tributes

We are aware of two Cage tribute events happening in Atlanta this week.

On Wednesday, Sept 5th, at 8:30pm, there will be a tribute to John Cage at the Krog Tunnel in Cabbagetown (the tunnel was also “born” in 1912). For more information see the Facebook event page.

For four nights, Sept 6th-9th, The Goat Farm will be presenting a series of events in honor of John Cage, with performances by Atlanta Poet’s Group, Chamber Cartel, Bent Frequency and Core Performance Group. For more information see the Facebook event page.

If you have any questions, please contact the series host, Chris Campbell, at


  1. This is so awesome!

    Comment by Jeremy "Grandpa" on August 23, 2012 at 4:39 PM
  2. If I’m a time traveler, can I listen to it two weeks ahead of time too?

    Comment by Robert on August 26, 2012 at 3:33 PM
  3. Some of us are going to meet in the 1912 side (the Cabbagetown side) of the Krog St. Tunnel with a variety of mallets, sticks and cabbages to “play” the tunnel.

    19’12″:Music for Prepared Tunnel. For John Cage.

    Wed. Sept. 5 at 8:30 p.m.

    Comment by Brian Bannon on August 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM
  4. Thanks Brian for that event info! I’ll mention it on the air. If you hear of others please post here.

    Comment by Chris C. on August 26, 2012 at 11:37 PM
  5. Looking forward to tonight’s show and exploring all that is John Cage. Thanks for doing this, Chris!

    Comment by Doug Hughes on September 2, 2012 at 1:14 PM
  6. This is great. Congratulations to Jan Baker and Stuart Gerber for your parts in this tribute. I’m impressed!

    Comment by Noel Mayeske on September 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM
  7. Really enjoyed the live show! Thanks, Chris and WREK.

    Comment by James Sanders on September 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM
  8. Thank you so much for doing this

    Comment by Joe on September 6, 2012 at 11:08 AM
  9. Thanks all for the comments!

    The shows have now expired out of the archive. If you missed out, and really want them, let me know and I’ll burn the mp3 files to a CDR for you. Just get in touch via the email above. Also get in touch if you want to see my programming notes, listing all of the Cage compositions I played and plenty of other supporting material. It’s on the web but on my personal blog which I don’t feel like linking to here …

    Comment by Chris C. on September 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

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