Musician Jack Freudenheim ’79, working in conjunction with Larson Associates and the John Cage Trust, created an app that lets you play the sounds of John Cage’s ‘prepared piano’ released in time to celebrate what would have been Cage’s 100th birthday.
“The legendary modern music composer John Cage would have been 100 years old had he lived until September 5, 2012.
“To help mark the occasion—and to celebrate the music that he is passionate about—Jack Freudenheim has been feverishly working on a music app that brings the sounds of Cage’s ‘prepared piano’ to the masses, in time for the birthday milestone.
“‘This app is for anyone—from fans of John Cage’s, to students of his music, or anyone who wants to try out this style of piano playing,’ said Freudenheim, 55, a software consultant and Katonah resident of ten years.
“As one of the ‘fathers of modern music’ and leader in avant-garde composition, Cage, who died in 1992, coined the term ‘prepared piano,’ which describes how he placed objects beneath and between the strings of a grand piano to create an entirely new instrument, Freudenheim said.”
Image: Jack Freudenheim.
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