I like lots of the music of John Cage and I understand the need to experience music versus being judgmental about it. But, Cartridge Music in particular strikes me as bizarre. I can appreciate the diverse sounds and even the playing of Heart's Magic Man in the background, but the short vocal is painful and the most unnatural part of the piece. Here's the YouTube clip:
From Richard Kostelanetz's Conversations with Cage:
The piece we're setting up now [Cartridge Music] uses electronics, but it also uses junk things that are part and parcel of everyday life. We have a complex situation with three performers, and objects with cartridges and contact microphones. We enter a situation that resembles people trying to get through the tunnel into New Jersey.
Here's more conventional Cage music I happen to like: