Banksy Joins Charity Campaign

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Banksy has joined forces with famous musicians for a Christmas charity campaign.

The graffiti artist has teamed up with the 'Cage Against The Machine' collective, who have record a new version of John Cage's silent piece 4'33" in time to reach number one in the Christmas charts.

Cage's 4'33" is an experimental work which is the sound of musicians not playing and has been remade by musicians such as The Kooks, Orbital, Heaven 17, Scroobius Pip and Dan Le Sac.

Banksy's contribution will be to donate blank sheets of paper which will be auctioned off in aid of five charities including Calm a service for young men at risk of suicide, and the British Tinnitus Association.

Further charities set to benefit from the single's proceeds are Youth Music, Nordoff Robbins music therapy and Sound & Music.

The organisers are hoping to match the success of Rage Against the Machine who kept the X Factor winner off the number one sport with the help of supportive social networking campaigns.

Remixes by the likes of Hot Chip and Mr Scruff will be included as B-sides and will actually be audio snapshots of each remix artist's life fitted into four minutes and 33 seconds.

XFM DJ and organiser Eddy Temple told the BBC that recording the single was an unusual event but the silence created by so many people made the occasion beautiful and peaceful.

He said: "You could hear the odd click of a camera shutter or a creak. There were people swaying, or putting their lighters up in the air, or headbanging and pretending that they could hear some music and really getting into it."

Mr Temple-Morris explained that political singer-songwriter Billy Bragg phoned in his performance from his tour bus while Imogen Heap pre-recorded her section of the song earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Aardman Animations have resurrected the children's character Morph in a short video which sees the plasticine personality spray a Banksy stencil on a wall while hiding his identity with a hooded top.

The video, entitled Morph V Banksy, was created for the 'graffiti animation' section of the Encounters Festival in Bristol which took place in November.

Kieran Argo, Animation Programme Manager of Animated Encounters, said: "Bristol has a long tradition of excellent animation production and an equally successful (if more periodic) history of festival exhibition."

Visitors to Bristol will still be able to see several famous graffiti works by Banksy as the council see the stencils as tourist attractions.


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