This Avant-garde piece was written by John Cage in 1959. It was originally released on the album Indeterminacy: New Aspect Of Form In Instrumental And Electronic Music. The album was a favourite of Paul McCartney’s. The one hour and an half piece, split into four tracks, is made up of John Cage reading 90 short stories while David Tudor plays miscellaneous selections from John Cage’s Concert For Piano and Orchestra. The recording also includes several radio noises. Random radio clips were used in The Beatles’ 1967 song I Am The Walrus. Indeterminacy also influenced John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1968 album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins. John Cage’s earlier piece 4’33” (four minutes and thirty-three seconds of silence), composed in 1952, influenced the John Lennon and Yoko Ono track Two Minutes Silence. His piece Radio Music from 1956 influenced Radio Play. Both were released in 1969 on Unfinished Music No. 2 : Life With The Lions.
Now Hear This : I Am The Walrus – The Beatles (1967)
Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins – John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1968)
Two Minutes Silence – John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1969)
Radio Play – John Lennon and Yoko Ono (1969)