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A Design Film Festival 2016: In Pursuit of Silence

“In the noise of the modern world, silence is fast becoming absent. As much a work of devotion as it is a documentary, Patrick Shen’s film powerfully begins with an ode to John Cage’s seminal silent composition 4’33” then passes as a piece of meditative cinema that explores the human relationship with silence and sound, and the impact of noise on our lives.”

I thought this was a very interesting film, so I bought the ticket to watch it next week! You guys should check it out too!  This film pays tribute to John Cage, who wrote an iconic yet controversial music score that has no music notes in it – 4’33”.  The entire piece consists of silences — silences of different lengths. My then piano instructor shared with me that there will never be silence during the performance, because the audience make all sort of noises when they sat in the music theatre. I was wondering how this film is related to 4’33”. I might update this post as soon as I’ve watch the film (IF I have the time).