John Cage Characteristics
Understanding John Cagešs background is vital in determining John Cagešs characteristics. "Ordinary film music is ignored by the average person because he assumes that it is a visual form. He is therefore not entirely alive under film bombardment but if the building he is in begins to burn down, he will wake up and use his liveliness to save himself." (Kostelanetz, 1970, p.115) This quote exemplifies Cagešs personality and way of thinking. It is interesting that Cage knew the future of American mainstream films, which are known to turn the viewers into zombies, who are unaware of their surrounding while they are watching a film.
--Elisabeth Breitling, 2003