The composer Ichiyanagi became an important part of the New York avant-garde music scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s in the circle around John Cage, Yoko Ono, and George Maciunas. He performed in the La Monte Young and Yoko Ono series at Ono’s Chambers Street loft and at Maciunas’s AG Gallery in 1961. On his return to Japan, Ichiyanagi and Ono toured with Cage during his 1962 concert series. With Kuniharu Akiyama, Ichiyanagi organized the influential International Graphic Scores Exhibition in 1962 at Minami Gallery, Tokyo, which Cage attended. Music for Electric Metronome uses numbers as instructions for a meandering journey of sound based on chance and interpretation.
Gallery label from There Will Never Be Silence: Scoring John Cage’s 4’33”, October 12, 2013–June 22, 2014.