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DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, EDITOR
Sam Vladimirsky

YEAR
2021

Over the course of the past year, a curious phenomenon emerged on the internet: a growing number of people began uploading self-tapes performing an experimental composition from the mid-20th century –John Cage's 4'33."

As hated in the music world as it is beloved in the world of performance art, Cage's piece asks performers to not play their instruments for four and a half minutes, thereby framing the sounds of our environment, asking us to pay attention, and pushing the boundaries (with humor, madness, and brilliance) of what constitutes "music." Some call it silence or a prank... it is anything but (though it is certainly cheeky.) Stuck inside, professional musicians, dedicated amateurs, awkward teens and college students found 4'33" to be the music of our moment.