birdcage (a programme in honour of his 60th birthday forthcoming on the 12th of september 1972) on the 7th of april john cage was talking to hans günter helms on music and politics. this conversation was recorded and released in 1975 on the now defunct german tape label s-press, then a wonderful and reliable source for experimental poetry and spoken word. unfortunately this tape is only one of two tapes i own (the other is "there is no other life", selected poems by gary snyder) and i hope someday someone might share some more.
john cage talking to hans günter helms on music and politics in 1972
mp3 / 128 kbps / 66:33 / 100 mb
alternate download with in.solit.us
and a footnote celebrating the concept of chance operation: while i was ripping the tape to my computer's hard drive i was playing xeno tactic online. after cage and helms had finished i forgot to close the file and the soundcard switched to the noises of that game. i thought it was appropriate not to erase these sounds.