I’ve always known him as a composer…a composer of silence…Beats Me?! Born in 1912 he took a while to settle on music as a career. He knocked around Europe for a while, studied with Schoenberg in California. He became interested in dance as well and got a job at Mills College. I’m not really sure what that was about but my mom knew him a bit as she was a student in the dance department at the time. He became romantically involved with the choreographer Merce Cunningham and together they collaborated on various projects often including the artist Robert Rauschenberg. These images often are related to his musical ideas…like scores. It’s definitely ‘out there’.