STARS LINE-UP TO 'RECORD' SILENT JOHN CAGE PIECE FOR CHRISTMAS
Organisers of the Cage Against The Machine campaign to get John Cage's silent piece '4'33''' to Christmas number one have announced the line-up of musicians who will 'record' a new version of the track, before it is released for sale by Wall Of Sound via download stores in time to take the festive top spot, with all proceeds going to charity. The announcement comes as Ladbrokes slashes the odds of the track achieving its goal to 8/1.
Producers Paul Epworth (Florence & The Machine, Bloc Party, Friendly Fires) and Clive Langer (Madness) will oversee the recording at London's Dean Street Studios on Monday, while film maker Dick Carruthers (Oasis, Manics, Rolling Stones) will capture all the (in)action for the official music video.
Standing in silence for four and half minutes will be: Mr Hudson, UNKLE, Pete Doherty, Enter Shikari, Fenech-Soler, The Big Pink, The Kooks, Coldcut, Orbital, Heaven 17, John Foxx, Dan Le Sac, Jon McClure, Penguin Prison, Crystal Fighters, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Monarchy, Alexander Wolfe, Infadels, The Loose Cannons, Dub Pistols, Man Like Me, Teeth and South Central, with more still to be announced. Billy Bragg will also be on the track, but can't make it to the studio so will instead phone in his silence.
It's also been announced that Alex Metric, Adam F, Hot Chip, Herve and Mr Scruff will create remixes of the finished track as B-sides for the single release. The 'remixes' will actually be four minutes and 33 seconds long audio snapshots of each remixer's life. Plus, artists, including Banksy, are donating blank sheets of paper to auction off in aid of the charities who will benefit from the Cage project.