The Washington Times - April 1, 2009, 05:47AM

For April Fool’s Day, iTunes is offering a free download of John Cage’s “4‘33,” an avant-garde piece consisting of 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence, Gizmodo is reporting.

The catch: If you like the first 1 minute and 46 seconds, you have to pay $1.98 to hear the rest.

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It’s really worth the $1.98.  The second half is where it really gets funky.

I think I’ve got a recording of this piece on a blank cassette tape I just bought.  What a steal!

“Sounds of Silence.”  “Silence Is Golden.”  “Silent Night.”  None of those songs is really silent.  This is the real deal.

I heard it took Cage about a year and a half to write “4‘33.”  First, he had to find the right beat.  Then the right instruments for the arrangement.  And then the right dosage of medication to get it all down.