Welcome to a Living Archive
"The world is teeming; anything can happen." — John Cage
The Living Archive is an online record of John Cage's work and its evolving impact on music and performance. Browse the full archive of work below... examine a collection of manuscript excerpts housed at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts... watch videos of musicians, students, and performers from all walks of life interpreting Cage's music... most important, contribute your own video showing how you interpret Cage's music. Videos will appear on this homepage as the Living Archive grows. Cage believed that, following his detailed directions, anyone could make music from any kind of instrument — and so we welcome your interpretations of his music.