Since we recovered my iPod from the wash cycle, I'm struggling to track what I've been listening to. The iPod works except for the display and sometimes when syncing. My response has been to load it with John Cage music and let 'er rip. But often I have no clue what I've actually heard. It's debatable if this is an issue with said composer.
My overall reaction to all this Cage is to seek out music even more unconventional than Cage. I'm open to suggestion but even after a bout of Xenakis, I can't find anything.
Histories and Theories of Intermedia, in a post on Tony Conrad, happens to speak on why it's tough to top Cage at his own game:
Conrad saw contemporary music as being at a crisis point. John Cage's radicalism, and Young's Fluxus verbal scores (listening to butterflies as a piece of music) indicated music being dismantled in an unsurpassably extreme manner
Note that next week, I plan to replace my 3.1GB of Cage on the crippled iPod with the music of Terry Riley. No conclusions yet although be forewarned it could result in a who owns the sixties post.