Avant garde and Year 9

Year 9 are currently thinking outside the box and looking at avant garde music (literally ‘advance guard’ – music at the forefront of breaking with tradition, pushing the boundaries and turning expectations upside down). Inspired by watching ‘Music for 6 Drummers and 1 Apartment’ (which, incidentally, if you haven’t come across it, is definitely worth a look) and John Cage’s Living Room Music (written for 4 performers using any household objects such as magazines,  books and even the floor), the students had a go themselves:

They went on to check out John Cage’s most controversial work, 4’33 which blurs the divide between music and sound, between audience and peformers and even between sound and silence…lots of philosophical issues at stake there. Next stop, Aleatory Music.


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