There are times where I get frustrated with remix packs that have over 10 artists, once I got one with over 30, but Mute is looking to blow that right out of the water. They have commissioned over 50 different artists including Moby, New Order, Depeche Mode, Erasure and Chris Liebing to reinterpret John Cage’s 4’33.”
Composed and premiered in 1952, the piece instructs the performer or performers to not play their instrument for the allotted duration of the piece (generally four minutes and 33 seconds). It is the unofficial soundtrack to A Quiet Place.
This will all be part an extensive box set called STUMM433 that will be released in May, which is a part of their MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) series.
“John Cage’s 4’33” has been present in my musical life for as long as I can remember as an important and inspiring composition,” says Mute founder Daniel Miller. “When the idea of every Mute artist doing their own interpretation of the piece came up during a conversation with Simon Fisher Turner, I immediately thought this was the perfect way to mark the label’s MUTE 4.0 (1978 > TOMORROW) series.”
Here is a full list of the artists taking part: A Certain Ratio, A.C. Marias, ADULT., The Afghan Whigs, Alexander Balanescu, Barry Adamson, Ben Frost, Bruce Gilbert, Cabaret Voltaire, Carter Tutti Void, Chris Carter, Chris Liebing, Cold Specks, Daniel Blumberg, Depeche Mode, Duet Emmo, Echoboy, Einstürzende Neubauten, Erasure, Fad Gadget (tribute), Goldfrapp, He Said, Irmin Schmidt, Josh T. Pearson, K Á R Y Y N, Komputer, Laibach, Land Observations, Lee Ranaldo, Liars, Looper, Lost Under Heaven, Maps, Mark Stewart, Michael Gira, Mick Harvey, Miranda Sex Garden, Moby, Modey Lemon, Mountaineers, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, NON, Nonpareils, The Normal, onDeadWaves, Phew, Pink Grease, Pole, Polly Scattergood, Renegade Soundwave, Richard Hawley, ShadowParty, Silicon Teens, Simon Fisher Turner, The Warlocks, Wire, Yann Tiersen.
Get ready for a lot of different artists to make some silence. See a video of the Laibach interpretation below, which you shouldn’t watch at work, unless they are cool with nudity.