Shhh! It could REALLY be a silent night this Christmas... if Facebook has anything to do with it

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:27 PM on 15th October 2010

Never underestimate the power of Facebook. 

A Christmas a recording of four-and-a-half minutes of complete silence could grab the prestigious number one slot this December.

John Cage

Cage 'composed' his work in 1952 when he asked musicians not to touch their instruments for four minutes and 33 seconds.

So far more than 20,000 people have signed up on the social networking site to support the download 'Cage Against The Machine' which aims to put avant-garde composer John Cage's work 4'33" in the top spot.

As per the last five years, the winner of this year's X Factor is expected to be a strong contender to top the charts this Christmas.


Born September 5 1912, died August 12 1992

American composer, philosopher, poet, music theorist and artist, perhaps best known for his so called 'silent work' four minutes and 33 seconds.

A website set up for fans of the composer reveals:

The first performance of John Cage's 4'33", written in 1952, created a scandal.

It was first performed by a young pianist David Tudor at Woodstock, New York, on August 29, 1952.

Cage himself said in 1982  of the first performance:

'People began whispering to one another, and some people began to walk out.

'They didn't laugh - they were just irritated when they realised nothing was going to happen, and they haven't forgotten it 30 years later: They're still angry.'

But the tables were turned last year when a Facebook campaign managed the not inconsiderable feat of pushing Rage Against The Machine into the coveted Christmas Number One slot ahead of X Factor winner Joe McElderry.

The website set up to promote the silent piece calls on music fans to repeat last year's success 'with 4 minutes and 33 seconds of avant garde silence' and make December 25 'a silent night'.

Cage 'composed' his work in 1952 when he asked musicians not to  touch their instruments for four minutes and 33 seconds.

The Facebook group 'Rage against the X Factor' attracted 895,906 members.

The campaign enjoyed international media coverage and the RATM song became the first single to reach Christmas number one spot on downloads alone.

Other successful Facebook campaigns have included a sausage roll winning more fans than Cheryl Cole, and a carpet beetle achieving more fans than Nick Griffin.

Supporters are signing up on Facebook to back the avant-garde composer John Cage's silent work 4'33

28,000 and rising: Supporters are signing up on Facebook to back the avant-garde composer John Cage's silent work 4'33"


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not debate this issue live on our message boards.

The comments below have not been moderated. no........If someone can give me 4 minutes of silence from my wife and kids, now that would be worth the price of a cd

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Just imagine how grateful ONE group of people would be...........

......Shop-workers subjected to endless "festive music" over the loudspeakers......!

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"A real old story DM.

Cage's four minutes plus of silence was issued on a CD years ago.
- Robin Benson, Southampton"

How come I've never heard it?

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Now it's three.

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I thought 'Surfin; Bird' by The Trashmen was going to be the new group to try and beat X-factor. I thought it was a good idea myself because everyone knows "bird is the word!"

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why in the name of god would you need to buy a cd for silence?
you can mae your own silence you know. this is the biggest waste i've ever heard of.
and yes, red arrow me, my opinion of people who buy silence on a cd and think it's music will remain the same.

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