It’s been roughly two weeks since we’ve had a Nic Cage-focused post here on UPROXX, and that’s just goddamn unacceptable — so here’s a “Cage does Cage” video to remedy that horrible lapse in Cage posts.
The description of this on YouTube reads: “Nicolas Cage performs John Cage’s 4’33”.” Not knowing what the hell John Cage’s 4’33” is, I turned to every person in the internet’s best friend: Wikipedia.
4′33″ (pronounced “Four minutes, thirty-three seconds”) is a three-movement composition by American experimental composer John Cage (1912–1992). It was composed in 1952 for any instrument (or combination of instruments), and the score instructs the performer not to play the instrument during the entire duration of the piece throughout the three movements (which, for the first performance, were divided into thirty seconds for the first, two minutes and twenty-three seconds for the second, and one minute and forty seconds for the third). The piece purports to consist of the sounds of the environment that the listeners hear while it is performed, although it is commonly perceived as “four minutes thirty-three seconds of silence”.
That explains why the video above contains no words. Upon further reflection…this is a freaking masterpiece, people! Somebody got really blazed to come up with the idea to create this.
Nic Cage was spotted at Coachella, btw…
Thanks for the tip, Megan!