Music: Fractured Muzak

Perhaps the most perfect captive audience in all America is the one that steps into an elevator, watches the door slide shut, and then listens to a piped-in ver sion of Surrey with the Fringe on Top.

The least captive audience is the one that attends the concerts of Avant-Garde Composer John Cage. Its members are always free to walk out—and frequently do. For all that, it now appears that Cage and canned music may have been made for each other.

Cage and Muzak met several months ago when the composer was presented with a thorny problem involving Manhattan's giant new Pan...

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