[audio] Alvin Lucier - Vespers and Other Early Works (2002)


1: Vespers
2: Chambers
3: North American Time Capsule
4: (Middletown) Memory Space
5: Elegy for Albert Anastasia

Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of experimental music and sound installations that explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception. A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, Lucier was also a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, a collective of experimental musicians that was active between 1966 and 1976. The founding members of the group were Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Alvin Lucier and Gordon Mumma, all of whom had worked together in the instrumental performances of the ONCE festivals (see Music From The ONCE Festival 1961-1966 five CD post).

Much of Alvin Lucier's work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely-tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

Vespers and Other Early Works restores to the catalog several of his key works from that time.

In Vespers (1969) performers with Sondols (sonar-dolphin), hand-held pulse wave oscillators, explore the acoustic characteristics of given indoor or outdoor spaces by monitoring the echoes of the pulse waves off the walls, floors and ceilings, as well as any objects or obstacles in range of the sound waves. Over time, the listener receives an acoustic signature of the room.

In Chambers (1968), battery-operated radios, tape recorders, and electronically powered toys of various kinds are hidden in paper bags, shoes, kettles, and small suitcases and other small resonant environments.

North American Time Capsule (1967), for voices and vocoder, is described metaphorically by Lucier as a message to listeners who don't know about us. These could be very remote and exotic humans or the fabled 'beings' in some other part of the universe. The message is encoded in accordance with the empirical fact that purely electronic signals are more easily transmitted through space (and through time) than the more complex waveforms of speech.

Elegy for Albert Anastasia (1961-1963) is described as composed for electromagnetic tape using very low sounds most of which are below human audibility.

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