John Cage about silence

“People expect listening to be more than listening (…) when I talk about music, it finally comes to people’s minds that I’m talking about sound, that doesn’t mean anything. (…) And they say (…) you mean it’s just sounds, thinking that something to just be a sound is useless. Whereas as I love sounds. Just as they are. And I have no need for them to be anything more, then what they are (…)
There was a German philosopher, he’s very well known, Immanuel Kant, and he said there were two things, that don’t have to mean anything: one is music, and the other is laughter… don’t have to mean anything in order to give us very deep pleasure.”

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