By Alvin Lucier, Douglas Simon
Chambers is a nearly entire choice of composer Alvin Lucier’s significant works from 1965 to 1977, interspersed with twelve interviews with the composer by means of Douglas Simon. each one rating is written in prose and should be learn by means of musicians as directions for functionality or by means of basic readers as descriptions of imaginary musical actions. in accordance with Simon’s looking questions, Lucier expands on every one composition, not just explaining its genesis and improvement but additionally revealing its significance to the vigorously experimental American culture to which Alvin Lucier belongs.
Many of his compositions jolt traditional notions of the function of composer, performer, and listener, and the areas within which they play and hear. His works are scored for an dazzling variety of tools: seashells, subway stations, toy crickets, sonar weapons, violins, synthesizers, fowl calls, and Bunsen burners. All are exact explorations of acoustic phenomena – echoes, mind waves, room resonances – and greatly rework the belief of tune as metaphor into that of tune as actual truth.
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I know that if four people are playing in the same space, the echo situation is so complex that the players cannot read their own echoes; therefore, they have to stop. So the task that I set them, that is, to orient themselves in space and to move from one place to another, regulates the texture of the piece; I don't have to compose that. So again it imitates the usefulness of a bat's equipment. You perform the piece in the most practical manner; when you can't do what you're trying to do, you don't do it.
And I think people should find out about that, don't you? 27 This page intentionally left blank "I AM SITTING IN A ROOM" "I AM SITTING IN A ROOM" (1969) for voice and electromagnetic tape. Necessary Equipment: 1 microphone 2 tape recorders amplifier 1 loudspeaker Choose a room the musical qualities of which you would like to evoke. Attach the microphone to the input of tape recorder #1. To the output of tape recorder #2 attach the amplifier and loudspeaker. Use the following text or any other text of any length: "I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now.
He loaned me a prototype of one of these devices, called Sondols, and I began experimenting with it, learning how to interpret the echoes it made off objects and reflective surfaces. At about that time, I began reading Listening in the Dark, Donald R. Griffin's wonderful book on acoustic orientation by animals and men. He describes how bats and other nocturnal creatures survive exquisitely by identifying objects and obstacles by the echoes that come back from them. They can discriminate between the sounds that go out and those that come back, which carry information about the environment.
Chambers: Scores by Alvin Lucier by Alvin Lucier, Douglas Simon