I came to the conclusion that you can learn a lot about music by devoting yourself to mushrooms.
John Cage, 1954
John Cage: A Mycological Foray draws readers through the idiosyncratic, mushroom-populated, intimate landscape of celebrated American composer John Cage. The box set is an incredible journey in the company of Cage, along which one encounters photographs, compositions and contemplations; and in the same unpredictable way various species of plants and mycetes appear as one goes in search of mushrooms.
Volume I includes Cage’s text on Indetermination, excerpts from the Diary and essays, and the complete transcript of Cage’s 1983 performance entitled MUSHROOMS et Variationes. Volume II is a reproduction of Cage’s 1972 portfolio, Mushroom Book; created in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H. Smith.
John Cage (1912-92) was an American composer and music theorist. Recognized as a pioneer of indeterminacy in music and of electroacoustic music, a leading figure in the postwar avant-garde, his influence was also relevant in dance, poetry, performance, and visual art.
John Cage: A Mycological Foray was created in collaboration with the John Cage Trust.
OUVRES – John Cage
ESSAY – Kingston Trinder
TEXTS – Isabelle Bucklow
EDITING – Ananda Pellerin