KPFA-FM Music Dept. ➔ The Premiere Performance of John Cage’s 33 1/3 (Nov. 21, 1969)

Analog Audio

Event Type
Program Length
44 min
| broadcast
| 1969-11-21 | created
A live recording of the premiere performance of John Cage’s “33 1/3” at the University of California at Davis on Nov. 21, 1969. The work was really a sort of participatory sound installation in which 24 turntables with independent stereo speakers and almost 300 LP records were placed around a large room without any chairs. The audience that entered the room didn't get any instructions, although there was an “attendant’ on hand to assist with operating the equipment if needed. The end result was that after a while, people started putting records on the phonographs and making sounds of their own as well. In classic Cageian style this indeterminate work breaks down the barriers between audience and performer, and sound and music, all the while requiring nothing more from the audience/participant than an open ear and curious mind.
New music
Interactive Art
Musical Selections
33 1/3 (1969) / John Cage
New music
Participatory art
Aleatory music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by the GRAMMY Foundation.
Related place
Davis (Calif.) (was recorded at)
Related Entities
Cage, John