A cat performs John Cage

UPDATE: I need three more American cat photos to make ten. Response was poor, I’m sad to say.

 

Here’s Nola the Cat, one of the stars of Chicago’s Acro-Cats, performing John Cage’s famous (non)piece 4’33”.

Look, if it’s applauded when a human does it, why should it be considered as any less good when a cat turns in an identical performance?

21 Comments

  1. Ken Pidcock
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    This can’t be the first time this has been done, but it’s the first I’ve seen. Brilliant.

  2. stuartcoyle
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    The cat will probably be sued for copyright violation.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted October 29, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

      “Fair Use” — like 2 Live Crew sampling “Pretty Woman” on Nasty As They Wanna Be. 🙂

  3. Graham Head
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 3:44 pm | Permalink

    I cheated and jumped to the end.

    In my defence I’ve heard it before.

  4. Liz
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    I watched this patiently waiting for something. I then looked up a performance by a person. I have a picture of the only cat I’ve ever had but it’s a picture of a picture of my younger sister and the cat. It’s a little blurry.

  5. James Walker
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Hey I would’ve sent a cat pic but I’m not American 😛

  6. Frank Bath
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    When by mishap we broadcast the dreaded ‘dead air’ in my area of BBC radio I would say, “That was a short extract from John Cage’s 4’33’.” It usually lightened things up.

  7. stuartcoyle
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:44 pm | Permalink

    My cat friend Mitzy would be unable to perform this piece. She is constantly talking or purring.

  8. BJ
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.

  9. infiniteimprobabilit
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 6:15 pm | Permalink

    My backside just performed 4’33”.

    After which I ran out of patience and went off to find some cascara.

    So John Cage can (wait for it – ) sue my ass.

    cr
    (Sorry ’bout that, couldn’t help it.

  10. Wayne Y Hoskisson
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink

    I would like to watch Cage and Nola perform 4’33 as a duo. Too late, I guess.

  11. Sarah
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    What a virtuoso! Such feeling! Such expressive silence! The crescendo half way through was very moving.

  12. Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, I 1. don’t have a cat, and 2. am not American.

  13. Craw
    Posted October 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm | Permalink

    Well, to be fair, the cat is only performing a *transcription* of 4’33”, which was for piano originally . Although if the cat transcribed it herself, or played by ear, that’s impressive.

    • Posted October 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Right – in a way (according to a cellist friend of mine) this piece is being performed wrong, as it is supposed to be the sounds of sitting at the piano, the opening of the score, etc.

    • Justin Remes
      Posted October 30, 2017 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

      Actually, the original score for 4’33” doesn’t specify what instrument should not be played (although David Tudor did use a piano for its premiere performance).

  14. Posted October 30, 2017 at 12:07 pm | Permalink

    How did they get the cat to sit still so long? Mine would be cleaning themselves, or lying down or going off.

  15. Justin Remes
    Posted October 30, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink

    To quote John Cage, this composition is “an affirmation of life – not an attempt to bring order out of chaos nor to suggest improvements in creation, but simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living.” For my money, Cage is one of the greatest composers–and thinkers–who ever lived.

  16. Mary Anne Sherman
    Posted October 31, 2017 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    Are the Cat’s back legs glued to the mat?


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