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John Cage was an American avant-garde composer whose inventive compositions and unorthodox ideas profoundly influenced 20th century music.
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John Cage was born September 5, 1912, in Los Angeles, California. By 1939 he had begun to experiment with increasingly unorthodox instruments such as the "prepared piano." He also experimented with tape recorders, record players and radios. His 1943 percussion ensemble concert at the Museum of Modern Art marked the first step in his emergence as a leader of the American musical avant-garde.
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