Knobcon 6 was awesome. Lots of great people, conversations, talks, sound-making, and playing with modular synths of every variety. A totally wonderful experience.
At the end of Knobcon 6, after several days of playing with analog modular synthesizers, my ears were tired, but I wanted to keep going, and keep looking at gear. So I used my pocket digital recorder (Zoom H1 recorder) to do some ambient/intentional recordings as I walked around the exhibit halls. I did this for three or four walk-throughs the last afternoon of Knobcon, in two of the exhibit halls.
You can think of this a random ambient recording, or you can think of it as Cage intended: a piece in which the environmental noises are the music. What makes them the music is the frame of the idea of performing a musical compositions of fixed length in which the sounds of the environment are the music. The point that Cage was making was that intentional listening, and focused attention, are what create a musical experience.
All I have done to this recorded performance of 4'33" is to trim the ends, and normalize the sound levels. No other editing or sound enhancements were made.
A performance of John Cage's composition 4'33" in the exhibit rooms at Knobcon 6 in Schaumburg, IL, 2017 September 10. Recorded on Zoom H1 digital audio recorder.