An Anthology of Chance Operations (An Anthology)

La Monte Young (Author)
La Monte Young (Publisher)
John Cage (Author)
George Brecht (Author)
Nam June Paik (Author)
Henry Flynt (Author)
Jackson MacLow (Publisher)


Work description by Christian Höller

In the early 1960s, a small group associated with the composer La Monte Young began the search for a processual, experimental esthetic, in the course of which also the idea of sound production was radically extended. Among other things, this occurred in the form of so-called event scores, which contained instructions for paramusical events. For example, the score of La Monte Young’s Composition 1960 #10 to Bob Morris says Draw a straight line and follow it, while Piano Piece for David Tudor #3 states Most of them were very old grasshoppers. A whole series of such compositions as well as other Word Pieces is collected in An Anthology of Chance Operations, which Young published in 1963 together with Jackson Mac Low. With contributions by John Cage, George Brecht, Nam June Paik, Henry Flynt and others, the Anthology is an important founding document of the Fluxus movement.

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