Common as Air

Revolution, Art, and Ownership

By Lewis Hyde

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The composer John Cage, who had a lifelong interest in silence, used to tell a story about an event that depended his understanding of what silence meant. In 1952 he heard that acoustical engineers at Harvard had created a completely soundproof room, an anechoic chamber, and he arranged to spend some time in it. When he emerged, he told the technicians that it didn't work: he could hear two noises, one low and one high. "Oh," they said, "everyone hears those—the low hum is your circulating blood, the high whine is your nervous system."

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