SYR4: Goodbye 20th Century
is a double album of covers of Avant-garde
recordings by Sonic Youth
SYR4 features works by avant-garde classical composers such as John Cage, Yoko Ono, Steve Reich, and Christian Wolff played by Sonic Youth along with several collaborators from the modern avant-garde music scene, such as Christian Marclay, William Winant, Wharton Tiers, Takehisa Kosugi and others. The album received mixed reviews, but most critics praised the group's efforts at popularizing and reinterpreting the composers' works.
Unlike in other SYR releases SYR4's liner notes are written in English.
- "Edges" (Christian Wolff) – 16:03
- "Six (3rd Take)" (John Cage) – 3:03
- "Six for New Time" (Pauline Oliveros) – 8:06
- "+-" (Takehisa Kosugi) – 7:01
- "Voice Piece for Soprano" (Yoko Ono) – 0:17
- "Pendulum Music" (Steve Reich) – 5:55
- "Having Never Written a Note for Percussion" (James Tenney) – 9:09
- "Six (4th Take)" (John Cage ) – 2:10
- "Burdocks" (Christian Wolff) – 13:12
- "Four6" (John Cage) – 30:01
- "Piano Piece #13 (Carpenter's Piece)" for Nam June (George Maciunas) – 3:58
"Pièce enfantine" (Nicolas Slonimsky) – 1:28
"Treatise (Page 183)" (Cornelius Cardew) – 3:25
- This piece is literally piano keys being nailed down one by one - the disc contains a QuickTime movie of one performance of the piece.
- The first disc contains a Quicktime video of a performance of "Piano Piece #13 (Carpenter's Piece)," which shows Sonic Youth nailing piano keys down, one by one.
- The recordings were also released on vinyl as a double album with a slightly different order of the tracks, this is due to the side length constrains of the LP format.
- Coco Haley Gordon Moore provided the vocals for Disc 1's "Voice Piece for Soprano."
Sonic Youth: Kim Gordon / Lee Ranaldo / Steve Shelley / Thurston Moore
with: William Winant
/ Jim O'Rourke / Takehisa Kosugi
/ Christian Marclay
/ Coco Hayley Gordon Moore
/ Wharton Tiers
Produced by Sonic Youth with William Winant and Jim O'Rourke
recorded and mixed March-August 1999, NYC
Recorded by: Wharton Tiers with Luc Suer
Mastered by Steve Fallone at Sterling Sound
Graphics: Chris Habib