FluxRadio — a podcast curated by Joe Gilmore and Rhiannon Silver — explores some of the concepts and ideas behind the music and performance pratice of Fluxus. Featuring sound pieces by George Maciunas, La Monte Young, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, George Brecht, Yoko Ono and others, the programme charts the emergence of Fluxus through 60s avant-garde New York, examining the relationship to John Cage, Zen Buddhism and European avant-garde music.

Summary: The Fluxus movement was an international network of artists which emerged in New York in the early 1960s. Artists who were at some time involved include: Yoko Ono, La Monte Young, George Brecht, Nam June Paik, Dick Higgins, Ray Johnson and Jackson Mac Low. Many Fluxus artists met through the various experiments which were happening in musical education in 1950s America – most notable amongst these for the emergence of Fluxus, was John Cage’s class in musical composition at the New School of Social Research in New York. The experimental methodology of the class became central to the nature of Fluxus work, especially the influence of Zen Buddhist philosophy and the use of chance operations in the composition of music, poetry and performance. Paradoxically anti-art, the art of Fluxus sought to undermine bourgeouis traditions in the arts, particularly those of western classical music. Embracing its iconography – conductors, orchestras, musical scores and recitals – Fluxus performers deconstructed widely accepted notions of music and performance through often soundless actions and the destruction of instruments. Absurdity and humour were vital to Fluxus. George Maciunas, the main organiser and disseminator of Fluxus, often described it as nothing more than a good gag.



Nam June Paik, “Hommage A John Cage” (excerpt), (from Works 1958-1979, Sub Rosa, CD)
Dick Higgins, “Danger Music Number Seventeen” (from Various, FluxTellus, Tellus, Cassette)
Nam June Paik, “Prepared Piano for Merce Cunningham” (excerpt) (from Works 1958-1979, CD)
John Cage, “Cartridge Music” (excerpt) (from Music for Merce Cunningham, Mode Records, CD)
John Cage, “Music for Amplified Toy Pianos” (from John Cage, Cramps Records, CD)
George Brecht, “Drip Music” (excerpt) (from Ben Patterson, Drip Music/370 Flies, Alga Marghen, CD)
Jackson Mac Low/Anne Tardos, “First Four-Language Word Event” (excerpt) (from Various, A Chance Operation, KOCH International, CD)
Richard Maxfield, “Pastoral Symphony” (excerpt) (from Fluxus Anthology 30th Anniversary 1962-1992, Slowscan, LP)
La Monte Young, “Drift Study ’31|69 C. 12:17:33-12:24:33 PM NYC'” (excerpt) (from Various, OHM+: The Early Gurus Of Electronic Music, Ellipsis Arts, CD)
Yoko Ono, “Cough Piece” (excerpt) (from
Wolf Vostell, “Le Cri” (excerpt) (from Fluxus Anthology 30th Anniversary 1962-1992, Slowscan, LP)
Nam June Paik, “Prepared Piano For Merce Cunningham” (excerpt) (from Works 1958-1979, Sub Rosa, CD)
John Cage, “Variations II” (excerpt) (from David Tudor, Music For Piano, Edition RZ)
George Maciunas, “Piano Piece #13 (Carpenter’s Piece) For Nam June Paik”. Performed by Sonic YouthMieko Shiomi, “A Celestial Tune By 108 Glass Marbles” (from Fluxus Anthology 30th Anniversary 1962-1992, Slowscan, LP)
Yasunao Tone, “Anagram for Strings” (excerpt) (from Various, FluxTellus, Tellus, Cassette)
Yoko Ono, “Toilette Piece” (from Fluxus Anthology, Zona Archives, LP)
Robert Watts & Larry Miller, “Laff Trace” (from Various, FluxTellus, Tellus, Cassette)
Ay-O, “Ay-O-Add Collection for George Maciunas from Ay-O” (excerpt) (from Fluxus Anthology Volume 1, Slowscan, LP)
Dick Higgins, “Omnia Gallia” (from Fluxus Anthology 30th Anniversary 1962-1992, Slowscan, LP)
Joe Jones, “Flux Music Box interpreted by Taketo Shimada” (from Fluxsweet, Rossbin, DVD)
Robert Filliou, “Imitating the Sound of the Birds” (from Fluxus Anthology, Zona Archives, LP)
Alison Knowles, “Nivea Cream Piece for Emmett Williams” (excerpt) (from Various, FluxTellus, Tellus, Cassette)
George Brecht, “Comb Music” (Comb Event) (from Various, FluxTellus, Tellus,Cassette)
Juan Hidalgo, “Tamaran” (excerpt) (from Fluxus Anthology, Zona Archives, LP)
George Brecht, “Entrance-Exit Music”. Realised by 3.14… (unpublished CD-R)
Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik, “In Memoriam George Maciunas” (excerpt) (Edition Block, LP)


George Maciunas Interview KRAB Radio, September 1977 (excerpt)
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John Cage Reading an Excerpt from Silence (

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