Create a performance of John Cage's 4' 33" and share the results with the world. Listen to the more than 2,500 performances that have already been created.

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Version 1.05

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

Wonderful teaching tool!


I have been using this in my 3rd through 8th grade music classrooms to have guided discussions about how different "silence" can sound in different parts of the world. Everyday at the beginning of class we listen to a recording. It inspires their imagination as they try to come up with the location of the recording before i tell them. They also pause to think about what is going on in the world at that particular moment in that particular place. The older students extend these thoughts by adding some background information such as: how does the culture influence the sounds within this "silence?" I have been amazed at some of the things they come up with!!!



It seems like such a simple thing. A four minute and thirty three second musical score with no notes. It sounds like Seinfeld's "show about nothing". But it's more than that. Read the background info to get some context. Listen to one of the recordings. It's like a glimpse into four minutes and thirty three seconds of someone's life. Then make your own recording. That's when it gets interesting. It becomes a meditation, a challenge, a performance.

So much nothing. But more.

Unexpected and Clever!


So much joy in listening to people around the world share their lives. Would like to be able to save a list of favourites to a separate library, or some kind of playlist for later listening.


Larry Larson
67 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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