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After yesterday's successful thread on robert ashley (and the requests) here it is! The official alvin lucier thread.

So I already have 'I am sitting...' - its time to cover everything else.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 15:24 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Music for Amplified Brain Waves" only really picks up on the Pauline Oliveros side. She's got a dope cerebellum. (Maybe should have waxed the 'stache before taking extreme close up cover photogs, tho)

Snappy (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 15:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Jess, bless his heart, once compared my almanac reading with "I Am Sitting," though surely I was the one being flattered rather than Lucier.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 15:36 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Music on a Long Thin Wire is a fascinating listen, that's the one where he has a wire pass through the poles of a large magnet, driven by an oscillator. But only if you're into that sort of thing...

Jena (JenaP), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 15:37 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

music for solo performer 1965...brainwaves resonating percussion instruments. Excellent, seminal work. David Rosenboom did a lot of biofeedback work along these lines as well.

wordyrappington (wordyrappington), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 16:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I heard of a rumour in college about 10 years ago that there was a Lucier composition that was a single tone that sustained across the span of 11 cds. Was this just bullshit?

BlastsOfStatic (BlastsofStatic), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 17:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Bird and Person Dyning
The Once Group

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 18:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas" is a set of lovely experiments in interference sound, using a variety of instruments, and is on Lovely Music.

E. Hammer (E. Hammer), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 18:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

(That, btw was my first ever post to ILM, after lurking for maybe a year. So hello.)

E. Hammer (E. Hammer), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 18:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have Music On A Long Thin Wire. I haven't played it in a couple of years, but my memories of it are very positive ones.

pdf (Phil Freeman), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 19:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

get the sonic arts union record!

hstencil (hstencil), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 20:04 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"i am sitting..." is fantastic. excellent for late-night long-distance car travel.

Nimrod Kovacs (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 20:07 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Vespers; early pieces, some re-recorded. some conceptual enough to defy the point of being recorded, so not the place to start, but worth it for 1967's "North American Time Capsule": a collage of dozens of overdubs of buzzing vocoders all spitting meaningless strings of phonemes without ever taking a breath; it's amazing to hear a vision of gibbering computer Babel that's 40 years old. Also has 1963's "Elegy for Albert Anastasia", very soothing understated piece of held low frequencies.

I Am Sitting In A Room - (really wish the CD had seperate indexes for each iteration, instead of just a single track -- the original LP was ideal, you'd just play side 2 over and over --original cover art was better too). The original 1966 mono version is available on a compilation called "With A Minimum of Means", not as colorful but also interesting. This is an easy piece to perform; two boomboxes with condenser mics and you're good to go, especially if you can find a good stairwell or freeway underpass.

Music On A Long Thin Wire - one tone, pure minimalism, sounds fantastic loud.

Music for Solo Performer - brainwave scans trigger percussion instruments. lots of silence, tapping, rumbling, then loud explosions: Oliveros' brain is apparently a lot more violent than Lucier's. I'm waiting for a CD reissue of this.

Clocker - the idea of the piece is great but all the sound amounts to is the sound of a ticking clock fed through a lo-fi digital delay, didn't work for me.

Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra, Sferics, Bird and Person Dyning - the last I hear is fantastic, I'm waiting for the CD

(Jon L), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 21:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

the modern works reintroduced traditional instruments, which sustain notes alongside gliding sine tones. the tiny differences in pitch create spinning, beating pulses.

Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas was the first record to do this. sinewaves hold a single tone, and instruments hold single tones against them, creating wild pulses and beating patterns against each other. takes patience; I don't play this one often. mp3 here.

Crossings, the sinewaves begin sweeping, from low to high over the course of twenty minutes; the instruments hold single tones, moving up half steps, following the sine wave. more a physics demo than a piece of music, but the way the beating pulses accellerate, stabilize, then pull away, is pretty crazy... you still need to be in the mood for this one... mp3.

Panorama is more of the same, slightly more refined, though the trombone sounds better for this than the clarinet. This one's worth buying entirely because of the _outstanding_ piece "Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels" -- microphones placed deep inside of sea shells that are mounted on a piano keyboard. Feldmanesque chords held forever, but the core of it is the _sound_, which is something you just have to hear, muted and obscured but still right next to your ear. It's 14 minutes long -- I've burned a CD consisting of just this piece 5 times in a row.

Navigations for Strings; Small Waves, same approach, this time for string quartet & piano; closely grouped tones, held forever; not unlike a less-massively-overdubbed Niblock. uneasy textures, not my favorite, but would love to hear this live. mp3's

Theme branches out with settings of John Ashberry poems recorded in similar filtered ways, wispy speech patterns atop the sinewaves, also a piece for Gamelan I need to check out again, but --

Still Lives is the late period masterpiece which takes everything he's learned from the above discs and makes them into music; here, two sinewaves slowly move up and down in pitch, and a piano occasionally intersects their glissandos with held tones, causing beating pulses as always. but the glissandos aren't simply mechanically ascending, they're erratically moving back and forth, unpredictably wandering, and as the piano follows them, a beautiful melodic line begins forming out of nowhere. an incredible tension between what's dictated by the sweeping sine tones and the increasing _surprise_ every time another note sounds and turns a natural corner. I can't think of another piece like this, or anyone else who could have written it.

(Jon L), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 21:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

e.hammer - hello.

'i am sitting...' on a long-distance train journey sounds gd. might do that when I have to make a trip.

milton (or anyone) have you seen any of this stuff live? some of this just sounds awesome.

prob get 'still lives' next but thanks again to everyone for their posts.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 21:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"I am sitting" has been, er, sitting on my hard drive for over a week and I haven't gotten around to hearing it yet. I should remedy this. I'll take this thread as a sign that my negligence must end.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 21:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've seen some live brass pieces by Lucier, performed by an Austrian (?) ensemble called Kontra-Trio. They also played some Phill Niblock and it was nice except that it wasn't anywhere near loud enough.

Charles Curtis and Anthony Burr are performing some Lucier, including a couple of the "Still and Moving Lines..." pieces, at Tonic in New York this upcoming Monday.

(Just to continue introducing myself- my first name is Erlend, I'm in Bergen, Norway and I'm currently writing a thesis on La Monte Young's Dream House.)

E. Hammer (E. Hammer), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 22:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anyone in the NY/CT/MA or related areas:

Lucier is performing "I Am Sitting in a Room" LIVE this Saturday at 7 at Wesleyan University. Be there.

soultr0n, Wednesday, 2 February 2005 23:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Oliveros' brain is apparently a lot more violent than Lucier's.

She's studied martial arts.

RS £aRue (rockist_scientist), Thursday, 3 February 2005 02:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I've been using "I Am Sitting ..." as background music for the State of the Union Address ... for those who feel compelled to watch it even though such viewing ordinarily makes them physically ill, this combination comes highly recommended.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Thursday, 3 February 2005 02:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Love him !

back around 1983 a friend and I called 411 and got his home phone number and he was gracious enough top grant a couple of obnoxious kids an interview for our fanzine. we later met up with him at Cal Arts for a performance he was doing. It involved four parade sized bass drums with ping pong balls on fishing wire dangled in fron of the heads..
very low pitched square waves were played via speakers into the open end of the drums causing the ping pong balls to swing at various speeds. created a sort of sparse polyrhythm free of human hands and looked amazing.. wish i could remember the name of it, i'm pretty sure there's no available recording. also got him to sign my copies of 'bird and person dyning' and 'music for solo performer'. cherished posessions to be sure.

Brad Laner (Brad Laner), Thursday, 3 February 2005 04:18 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

The Wire article from a couple of months back is well worth checking out if you're interested in some of his methods of composing. He's one of those composers where I find the procedures behind the sounds much more interesting that the sounds themselves.

Has anyone ever heard a recording of 'the only talking machine of its kind in the world'? It preceeded 'I am sitting in a room' but exploring similar aspects of sound.

I'm gonna perform a Lucier piece in one of our lunchtime recitals at uni, should be funny, people on my course find it hard enough to listen to some pretty minimalism like Reich or Riley.

TomB (TomB), Thursday, 3 February 2005 18:22 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Warm 'em up with those "Raymond and Peter" tapes--now, there's un-pretty minimalist voice work.

Snappy (sexyDancer), Thursday, 3 February 2005 18:28 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

studied with him a bit in college - wonderful man. funny, oblique, interested, not interested, cranky, curious, rides a bike everywhere.

and i don't care, Thursday, 3 February 2005 18:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard "...Talking machine...", but your post made me think of North American Time Machine--a very dense vocoder based piece he did--originally on Nonesuch, never re-released on CD as far as I know

Stephen Boyle (SBoyle), Thursday, 3 February 2005 18:43 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

it's out, re-released on Vespers:

(Jon L), Thursday, 3 February 2005 20:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

wish i could compare Lucier's "Amplified Brain Waves" (and Oliveros's) with Pierre Henry's similar "Cortical Arts III," but it's been ages since i heard the latter. i do recall it being a brain-burner though...

Beta (abeta), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:21 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

time for a mash-up, beta?

Snappy (sexyDancer), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I listened to Vespers the other night because of this thread. fucking awesome. i think there's a lucier night at tonic soon?

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Snappy (sexyDancer), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:48 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I'm mean, no offense to the venue, but the basement smells like shit because it IS shit.

Snappy (sexyDancer), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

well good thing they only have dance music down there.

hstencil (hstencil), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Snappy (sexyDancer), Thursday, 3 February 2005 23:58 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
nice new

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 6 April 2005 22:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

five months pass...
might make it but if i don't you should

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 08:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Is he going to do "I Am Sitting In A Room" as an encore?

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 08:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I'd go if he did

Raymond Douglas Dadaismus (Dada), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 08:47 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

No Lucier, but have a look at the Instal line up for this year, Julio (and maybe Marcello?)

Fri 14 Oct
Doors 7pm (first act on 7.15pm)

Black Boned Angel

Sat 15 Oct
Doors 4pm (first act on 4.30pm)

Tetuzi Akiyama
Birchville Cat Motel
directing hand
Rauhan Orkesteri
Sun City Girls

Sun 16 Oct
Doors 4pm (first act on 4.30pm)

Ingar Zach + Rhodri Davies
Tom Bruno
Loren Mazzacane Connors + Alan Licht
Chie Mukai
Henri Chopin
Pauline Oliveros + David Dove

jed_ (jed), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 10:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


if you go you MUST see henri chopin (I haven't but spent time wondering what it must be like). there are lots of ok, and some wonderful sound poetry but he's so much better than any of 'em.

that's my pick

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 14:32 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Henri Chopin! if only i were sitting in a room with that man...

Beta (abeta), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 14:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I was selfishly going to wait to spread the word until I'd streamed all 7 episodes myself, but... ubu relaunched, and guess what

I watched 1, 3 and 4 last night (had already seen 2)

they're incredible for the patient

milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 17:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I can never make it to Lucier, but:

This event will be archived online.


Gerard (Gerard), Wednesday, 14 September 2005 18:17 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Oh, sorry - I thought this was the Alvin Curran thread...(pls excuse)

SoHoLa (SoHoLa), Thursday, 15 September 2005 03:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

curran's ok

I tried watching the Mumma episode of Aether tonight and instead I'm just watching the Lucier episode again

it's impossibly great

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 15 September 2005 05:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

he's fishing

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 15 September 2005 05:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This Saturday (17th of September 2005) Unst present an absolute exclusive on Resonance 104.4FM, London's radio art station. One of America's greatest sound artists and composers, Alvin Lucier visits Resonance FM's Denmark Street studios to perform a live version of the classic tape piece `I Am Sitting In A Room'.

gubbins, Thursday, 15 September 2005 12:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

its like the buses!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 16 September 2005 07:45 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Exactly. Zeitkrazer on tonight, ditto Damo Suzuki and Tuner at the Spitz, ditto Club Popular. GET ONE TIME MANAGEMENT SEMINAR LONDON!

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 16 September 2005 07:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

What are Zeitkratzer doing? Just being Zeitkratzer?

Raymond Douglas Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 September 2005 08:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

that might be enough!

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 16 September 2005 10:55 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Undoubtedly, but I wondered if they were doing anything by anyone else - I suppose "Metal Machine Music" is out of the question?

Raymond Douglas Dadaismus (Dada), Friday, 16 September 2005 10:59 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know really. be awesome if they did that.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 16 September 2005 11:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...
anyone? Seems like it ws quite the 'hit'!

xyzzzz__ (jdesouza), Thursday, 6 July 2006 11:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i have 2 or three things that are on this CD (possibly in differnt versions?) including the John Higgins piece. the rest of the catalogue looks intriguing. interesting label i've never heard of.

jed_ (jed), Thursday, 6 July 2006 12:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I bought that last year, after waiting a while because I already had so many of the pieces, and I thought I'd had enough of the purer oscillator sweep work -- but that disc is particularly incredible. Better, more powerful versions of everything, and just seems to have a stronger spatial effect -- maybe it's just mastered louder, but I was sent spinning in seconds.

Unusually beautiful packaging is a plus as well.

You still need Panorama for "Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels", but this release beats Crossings hands down

milton parker (Jon L), Thursday, 6 July 2006 17:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...
Got it now! Very involving, sucks you right in, but also adds this layer of in, how there is so much in so little.

Agree on the packaging, lovely and v thoughtful, giving a flavour to the thinking that goes on.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 28 March 2007 12:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The Only Talking Machine of its Kind in the World

This is probably the most moving and beautiful of all of Lucier's pieces.

I know, right?, Thursday, 28 August 2008 00:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Interview with him on UBUWEB is brilliant. I nearly crack up everytime he says "I mean, that's fascinating, don't you think?" forcing the interviewer to be all "Uh, yeah, definitely"

I know, right?, Friday, 29 August 2008 01:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Did everybody see this yet? Pretty cool.

The Clegg Effect (Tracer Hand), Friday, 4 June 2010 12:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Let's see the CSI:Miami crime lab restore that video!

Scelsi Hotel (Paul in Santa Cruz), Friday, 4 June 2010 16:30 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

lucier-mania at wesleyan!

scott seward, Thursday, 3 November 2011 16:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Wesleyan University Orchestra, Gamelan Ensemble and Collegium Musicum perform Alvin Lucier's ensemble works Music for Gamelan Instruments, Microphones, Amplifiers and Loudspeakers (1994), Six Geometries (1993), Panorama 2 (2011), Exploration of the House (2005), and Shadow Lines (2008).

scott seward, Thursday, 3 November 2011 16:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

serious brainpower

Panel to include Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Paula Matthusen, Gordon Mumma, Pauline Oliveros and Christian Wolff. Moderated by Anthony Braxton, Professor of Music.

scott seward, Thursday, 3 November 2011 16:10 (seven years ago) Permalink

holy moly

vitameatawalloginavegamin (donna rouge), Thursday, 3 November 2011 16:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah, i got the schedule for this. wish i was there. as usual, all the interesting stuff in new england happens the minute i leave town.

i will be interviewing him, though!

geeta, Thursday, 3 November 2011 16:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

hey geeta

good imdb review of one of the 'Dr. Chicago' series of films I brought up in the subway:

I haven't seen it myself, sure want to.

The Chicago films do not use actors. Instead, the main characters are played by major avant garde talents from other creative fields. Dr. Chicago is played by renowned composer Alvin Lucier whose stream-of-consciousness soliloquies in the films are punctuated by his ferocious stutter. Painter and performance artist Mary Ashley, a primary member of the legendary ONCE Group, smolders throughout as Chicago's girlfriend, Sheila Marie.

Milton Parker, Thursday, 3 November 2011 17:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

you know me! in the subway, bringing up things

Milton Parker, Thursday, 3 November 2011 18:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

yeah I really can't believe I haven't seen these yet:

Milton Parker, Thursday, 3 November 2011 18:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
ten months pass...

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 18:18 (six years ago) Permalink

There is nothing else like 'Still Lives' and any chance to physically hear it with the use of your body shouldn't be missed

looking forward to this on sunday:

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 18:38 (six years ago) Permalink

^kinda how I feel about "bird & person dyning", went to a performance of it when I was 19 & have wanted to hear it again ever since. Talked to lucier afterwards, really nice man!

☯ t (wins), Wednesday, 6 February 2013 18:42 (six years ago) Permalink

Ward u r in for a treat!

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 19:31 (six years ago) Permalink

ty guys, i will be there

milton that curtis gig looks sweet - are there any particular charles curtis recordings you wld rec - i remember seeing a dbl alb (?) w/ a helix cover (??), that wld prob be the most common item here in the uk

xyzzzz - come to glasgow!

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 19:34 (six years ago) Permalink

Ward - re: Curtis, see my post from 2006 with Charles' recording, the link still works.

Have to say that Glasgow gig looks amazing and worth the trip. Let you know if I can make it near the time.

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 19:45 (six years ago) Permalink


you're talking about this one:

I like it -- good overview of the oscillator + instrument beating pieces, well recorded. gotta say the packaging is unusually good, not only beautiful but really re-enforces the music.

These worth checking out too:

my favorite of the oscillator + instrument pieces is probably Lucier's ground-zero recording - -- each instrument acts so differently with the sine wave, you get a lot more variety than you do when two dedicated instrumentalists do their thing for two whole discs. my second favorite is 'Panorama' -

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 19:50 (six years ago) Permalink

xyzzzz,i am in NYC the week before the Lucier weekend, la-di-da - (and def gonna go to the Dream House on one day of my trip) - but you wld of course be a welcome guest in the dream house here - now, to read yr post above

ty again milton, will study

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 6 February 2013 19:53 (six years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

OK, so the performance of 'Bird & Person Dyning' was def the highlight of this weekend, for me - sort've reminded me of Ashley's Automatic Writing in that it had the almost subliminal feel/effect of being whispered to, throughout. In fact, seeing the Lucier works performed made it clearer to me that his project is, at least in part, an attempt to bring to light the 'hidden' language of feedback, electricity, amplification, etc - a secret sound world that we don't normally hear or recongise, in the course of the everyday, but that runs perpetually, just out of reach. The piece for cello and amplified vases also illuminated this, with the cellist almost coaxing sound from the pots, like a snake-charmer. 'Still Lives' wasn't quite as effective, this time; the drones didn't seem to be loud enough, and funnily enough, a lack of volume was also the problem w/ the o'malley/ambarachi performance, both of them playing their amplified guitars flat on a table using e-bows, opposite each other, but not really generating enough of a noise to get the full speaker/feedback interaction-thing going. O'malley later got the chance to bring the skronk on a massive Dumitrescu piece for orchestra and electric guitar that closed the fest - lots of metal bashing, percussion, cosmic cataclysms, stirring stuff.

It involved four parade sized bass drums with ping pong balls on fishing wire dangled in fron of the heads..
very low pitched square waves were played via speakers into the open end of the drums causing the ping pong balls to swing at various speeds. created a sort of sparse polyrhythm free of human hands and looked amazing.

This was also in situ throughout the fest, and was great to watch and experience - there was also an element of suspense or surprise, wondering when the ping pong balls would stir against the drums. Took a couple of pics of this on my phone, hope to upload them later.

Ward Fowler, Monday, 13 May 2013 07:56 (six years ago) Permalink

sounds like an amazing show

found a copy of this recently:

worth it. the early scores are all prose, pointing at and digging around the ideas behind the music; I found it as inspiring as Silence or A Year From Monday

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 17:45 (six years ago) Permalink

Fantastic report Ward, real shame I couldn't be there.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 14 May 2013 20:27 (six years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
eight months pass...
nine months pass...

5 year anniversary

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 1 July 2015 01:34 (three years ago) Permalink

Follower #250.

We'd like to conduct a wobulator test here (Sanpaku), Wednesday, 1 July 2015 03:06 (three years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

This looks positively amazing. Stoked for the 120 page book(let) alone.

This compilation, if it can be called that, sorely misses 'Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas', 'Music On A Long Thin Wire' and especially 'Bird and Person Dyning', but perchance it's the best Lucier compilation out there. Can't wait for this box to be dropped at my doorstep.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:15 (eight months ago) Permalink

wouldn't call that one a comp. new performances of older works are reboots. saw the sonic arts union show at issue project room a few months ago and lucier's new works for sinewaves were new territory; instead of keeping one or two slow moving sinewaves as foundational sounds to prompt the acoustical beating of the live instruments, there are quite a few sinewaves in motion, each with diverging / converging trajectories, so the latticework / beating coming from the electronics are already completely busy - not minimal at all, crazy sounding. like some kind of audio illusion bridge between radigue and amacher. it was amazing lucier was even there in person for the show - walking very slowly now, but on top of it, black lives matter t-shirt, surrounded by old friends

Milton Parker, Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:30 (eight months ago) Permalink

Ha, that's amazing, and heartening to hear. The guy's 87 and wearing a BLM shirt! Good for him.

Call it a comp, call it a reboot: I'm excited about it either way.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 18 September 2018 22:40 (eight months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Lucier is compelling throughout. Majestically ignores the interviewer for much of the interview. (I hate this interviewer but he gets good results so maybe he is good?)

“How do I get in touch with John Cage?” “Have you tried calling him?”

AL: [Fascinating detailed explanation of upcoming piece]
Interviewer cuts him off: [bored and unimpressed] “Okay. Something to look forward to.”

lukas, Sunday, 10 March 2019 06:01 (two months ago) Permalink

has anyone figured out why red bull boosts avant garde music

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 10 March 2019 17:49 (two months ago) Permalink

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