Nicolas Cage Performs John Cage’s 4’33”

04.17.12 Marina Galperina

Composed in 1952 by experimental composer and artist John Cage, 4’33” is “four minutes, thirty-three seconds” of silence, or rather of the environmental sounds of performers not playing. This is a supercut of Nicolas Cage “performing” the piece. He’s not saying anything, but he is softly sighing, grunting, gulping and otherwise orally excreting tortured sounds of his inner self. He’s just great. This is perfect. If unstirred or confused, please, proceed.

It’s official. 4’33” is the best highbrow meme ever.