Pauline Oliveros described herself in 1974: “Pauline Oliveros is a two legged human being, female, lesbian, musician, and composer among other things which contribute to her identity. She is herself and lives with her partner, along with assorted poultry, dogs, cats, rabbits and tropical hermit crabs.”
When John Cage went into this room [an anechoic chamber] he heard a high sound, and a low sound. And the story went that the high sound was the sound of his nervous system and the low sound was the sound of his blood going through the veins. Well—that’s the story. However, there is more to that story that is not generally known. John Cage died of a massive stroke just before his 80th birthday. A physician has said that you wouldn’t hear blood pressure the way John described it. There was plaque in the arteries building up and that if someone had taken heed of what he had said, they would have known it was building towards a stroke. That was one thing. The other—the nervous system does not make a twang that you can hear like that either—it was also part of the condition that led to John Cage’s stroke. So that is another part of the story that hasn’t been told.