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Explore John Cage’s music in a whole new way with this new app designed by Third Coast Percussion.

The year 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth. Musicians, artists, and fans around the world are celebrating this momentous occasion. Third Coast Percussion, a Chicago-based ensemble, is commemorating the centenary by releasing an album of Cage’s percussion music on Mode Records. The four musicians of Third Coast Percussion designed this iPhone app with Joseph Genden to give everyone a chance to perform Cage’s music.

John Cage was one of the most extraordinary musicians, artists, and philosophers of the 20th century. His music and his writings have had a tremendous impact on art and the avant-garde both at home in the United States and abroad. As a young man, Cage dedicated himself to writing music for percussion instruments, organizing some of the first classical music concerts for only percussion instruments.

Cage wrote Quartet, his first piece for percussionists, in 1935. The piece can be performed with any instruments or sounds. With this app, you can choose from a catalogue of sounds from Cage’s percussion music or record your own sounds to create your own custom version of the piece.

-sampled sounds from Third Coast Percussion’s upcoming DVD/CD of John Cage’s percussion music
-ability to record your own sounds
-playback the 4th movement of John Cage’s Quartet with your selection of the sampled sounds, or your own custom-recorded sounds
-info about John Cage and his music

What's New

Version 1.1.0

- UI enhancements
- Randomize instrument selection
- Change tempo
- View the score

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings



This is one of the most ridiculously enjoyable apps around. It's fun to retool and re-listen over and over. You will be hard pressed to find a better piece of music and a better app. Near flawless.



Love Cage, love the app

Jamming in Minneapolis

Golf Minnesota

Cool and fun app. Works well with adding your own vocal or instrumental percussion (piano is fun), then listening to numerous variations of playback of you and Cage's 'Quartet'.


Joseph Genden
9 MB
Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012, Joseph Genden and Third Coast Percussion


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