A chain of hotels is playing 24 hours of John Cage

August 22, 2017 by norman lebrecht


No, it’s not the Hilton or the Marriott.

Ace, which is slightly counter-cultural, wants us to know that all of its hotels in eight US cities and a ninth in London will be playing nothing but John Cage on September 5, the composer’s 105th birthday.

‘We will be broadcasting a wide selection of works from across Cage’s career, curated by the label Mode Records. Selections will be playing in a random order at each property for 24 hours, starting at midnight local time,’ say Ace. ‘We invite guests to immerse themselves in a day-long sonic experience.’


Comments (8)

  1. John Borstlap says:

    On special request customers can reserve a more quiet room where 4’33” will be played nonstop (for an additional sum of $ 4.33 p/night).

    1. Fast Eddie Clarke says:

      This sounds a real load of bollocks Mr Borstlap! I will keep my old Walkman on with Jimmi Hendrix on instead, his version of Star Spangled banner is fantastic!

      Bugger John Cage’s shite.

      1. John says:

        John’s just upset that the hotel isn’t playing twenty four hours of HIS music.

    2. Alan says:

      BRavo Ace Hotel Group. Well done. They must have a very enlightened CEO

    3. Mark Henriksen says:

      haha…that’s worth the extra charge!

  2. Tim Walton says:

    Thanks for the earning. I now know where to keep away from this ‘Tinitus Music’

  3. John Borstlap says:

    The Grand Hotel Splendid in Davos plays Xenakis over the speakers in every room for family members visiting their relatives in the nearby psychiatric hospital. The effect seems to be a reassuring one that their ilk are not so bad off as they had initially thought.

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