Ok. I am quite a fan of experimental music, but this is stretching even my credulity a little far.
This piece was on the news today. It is a performance of John Cage‘s ‘As Slow as Possible‘, which started with a rest. For 17 months. According to wikipedia, the first audible sound appeared in 2003 and there have been 7 changes of note todate, with the most recent being this month (Feb 2009) – hence the news item.
Actually, reading about it now, I am slightly more inclined to see this as a ‘bit of fun’ (albeit one that is scheduled to last 639 years). I quite like this quote from what I assume is a sort of fan website:
There is certainly a curious appeal of a project that thinks in such, almost timeless, timescales.
So, why not I guess? For full details, see ‘The John Cage Project’ website. I wonder what will happen in 630 odd years time, when the last notes dies. What would they do as an encore?