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The Work of an Artist Is An Incisive Intrusion

You know how I adjusted to that problem of the radio in the environment? Very much as the primitive people adjusted to the animals which frightened them, and which probably, as you say, were intrusions. They drew pictures of them, on their caves. And so I simply made a piece using radios. Now, whenever I hear radios—even a single one not just twelve at a time, as you must have heard on the beach, at least—I think “Well, they’re just playing my piece.”

—John Cage, in conversation with Morton Feldman, 1967

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