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August 12th, 2016

standard The Mysterious Appeal of ‘Silent Music’

In 1941 Raymond Scott led a 13-piece orchestra to produce a piece of ‘silent music’Credit: Getty Images

In 1941 Raymond Scott led a 13-piece orchestra to produce a piece of ‘silent music’
Credit: Getty Images

From John Cage to Korn, musicians have long composed pieces with no sound. Is it a high-brow joke, an exercise in mindfulness – or a severe case of the ‘emperor’s new clothes’?

In March 1941, a New York audience gathered outside a Broadway theatre to experience one of the more unusual concerts the city had ever seen. The 13-piece orchestra was led by Raymond Scott (whose tunes would feature heavily in Warner Bros’ cartoons), and made a great show of playing their instruments. But the only sounds to emerge were the quiet swish-swishing of the trap drummer and the gentle slapping of the double bass. Full story.

David Robson (BBC) / March 24, 2016

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