Alireza Amirhajebi: Discrete Movements No. 1
An interpretation of John Cage’s “Lecture on Nothing”
This piece is a performance and speech based on “Lecture on Nothing” by John Cage. As the title signifies, this performance is composed of [best said is based on] interpretations and translation of a lecture by John Cage, “Lecture on Nothing” and electronics, percussive acoustic elements, composed by Alireza Amirhajebi”.
This lecture was indeed first printed in Incontri Musicali, August 1959. There are four measures in each line and twelve lines in each unit of rhythmic structure. There are forty-eight measures of such units, each having forty-eight measures. The whole is divided into five large parts, in the proportion 7, 6, 14, 7. The forty-eight measures of each unit are likewise so divided. The text is printed in four columns to facilitate a rhythmic reading. Each line is to be read across the page in an artificial manner (which might result from an attempt to be too strictly faithful to the position of words on the page,) But which the rubato which one uses in everyday speech.
This piece was recorded in June, 2020 Tehran, Iran. Cover art is generated by Arman Moghadam. Studio-A Tehran collaborated for the recording and post-production process of the album and our collaborating community “Contemporary Music” have documented the process with their kind help in video-documentation and photography.
Composition and arrangement: Alireza Amirhajebi
Recording: Soheil Soheili
Video and edit: Erfan Dorri
Mix and mastering: Ali Mohajer
A production in collaboration with Contemporary Music Magazine, Studio-A Tehran.
Graphics: Arman Moghadam