For a man who picked non-psychotropic mushrooms for a hobby, John Cage made an impressive mark on the electronic-music scene. Sure, his famous manifesto "Future of Music" may just have been an elaborate statement of aggression against reactionary thereminists--you know, those wackos trying to use the unwieldy electromagnetic-field-generating instrument for Bach recitals. But even today, some 40 years later, his words still carry the harsh sting of an unaccepted challenge. Decrying what he labeled "the desire to imitate the past rather than construct the future," Cage implored electronic musicians to liberate new sounds from old constraints and explore the rhythmic possibilities of total tonal control. After all, wrote Cage in an out-of-character outburst of capital letters, "THE PRESENT METHODS OF WRITING MUSIC WILL BE INADEQUATE FOR THE COMPOSER, WHO WILL BE FACED WITH THE ENTIRE... More >>>