On unpredictability (2018)
(into this space life will come) objects plucked from the real world by random intentionally irrelevant methods and put in random juxtapositions fixed time segments and some kind of graphic schematic or diagrammatic notation these notations are basically programs for activities they renounce any specific control of the actual sound results but define the limits of choice set out a possible field of activity and explicitly deny the possibility of predicting any given result instruments are objects to be acted upon my intention in putting the stories together in an unplanned way was to suggest that all things - stories, incidental sounds from the environment, and by extension, beings - are related, and that this complexity is more evident when it is not oversimplified by an idea of a relationship in one person's mind sounds are a series of unpredictable disturbances and interferences (Cage's famous silent work may be taken as a frame for the natural sounds of life a segment of time isolated and defined in order to trap for a moment the experience of the haphazard "real" world) then I said that I did not see that we were going to a goal, but that we were living in a proces, and that that process is eternal or it may be taken as the zero point of perception where total randomness and aleatory meet total determination and unity in the literal experience of nothing
Eric Salzman, Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction (4th Edition)
Cage, John. Indeterminacy.
Cage, John. Silence.