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Venice Music Special: Caged/Uncaged

Pop, rock, and avant-garde stars honor John Cage with interpretations of his music. This Venice Music Special features an all-star stream of songs assembled from the CD Caged/Uncaged (Cramps Records, CRSCD 097, out of print but copies are around online) created by PS1 Contemporary Art Center for the 1993 Venice Biennale, in conjunction with Il Suono rapido delle cose, an exhibition of and tribute to the work of John Cage. The CD was produced by John Cale and curated by Lokke Highstein, with production in Italy organized by Fondazione Mudima. Il Suono Rapido delle Cose was presented at the XLV Venice Biennale by Achille Bonito Oliva, General Curator from June 9 - October 10, 1993. The exhibition was organized by Alanna Heiss, with Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, Angela Vettese and Ludovico Pratesi.

Artists contributing: David Byrne, Debbie Harry, Ars Hell and Mutt, John Zorn, Chris Stein, Amy Denio, David Weinstein and Shelley Hirsch, Lee Ranaldo, Ann Magnuson and John Cale, Jello Biafra and Eugene Chadbourne, Lou Reed, Elliott Sharp, and Joey Ramone interspresed with numerous excerpts of Cage himself. (54 minutes)

In this program you will hear:

• Cage and The Long Island Expressway and Enlightened Whistler - David Byrne

• John Cage Excerpt #1 - John Cage

• In Just-Spring - Debbie Harry

• John Cage Excerpt #2 - John Cage

• Proust - Arto Lindsay

• John Cage Excerpt #3 - John Cage

• John Cage Descending - Ars Hell and Mutt

• John Cage Excerpt #4 - John Cage

• Verlaine: Part 2 La Bleue - John Zorn

• John Cage Excerpt #5 - John Cage

• Right in the Head - Chris Stein

• John Cage Excerpt #6 - John Cage

• Dishwasher - Amy Denio

• John Cage Excerpt #7 - John Cage

• Cheap Imitation - David Weinstein and Shelley Hirsch

• 329 Overtones for John Cage - Lee Ranaldo

• Helmut Newton Told Me, Wish You Were Here, Oh! To Be Invited to the Venice Biennale - Ann Magnuson and John Cale

• John Cage Excerpt #8 - John Cage

• Overpopulation and Art - Jello Biafra and Eugene Chadbourne

• John Cage Excerpt #9 - John Cage

• An excerpt from Metal Machine Music - Lou Reed

• inDET - Elliott Sharp

• John Cage Excerpt #10 - John Cage

• The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs - Joey Ramone

• John Cage Excerpt #11 - John Cage


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


Impossible Music


Music and mixes that aspire to challenge you, surprise you, tickle you, jostle you, and to crack you open and put you back together again.

Venice Biennale


Round table discussions to interviews to DJ sets to virtual pavilions rendered in music and sound. With Kara Walker, Carolee Shneeman, Joan Jonas, Michelangelo Pistoletto, and more.