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Alvin Lucier

Ever Present

Label: Mode

Format: CD

Genre: Experimental

In stock


Awesome collection of new, post-2000 works by Alvin Lucier. It's a been a long time since "I Am Sitting In A Room" for sure, but the dude clearly understands how to fill a room with sound as well as most anyone alive. "Alvin Lucier's (b. 1931) works on this CD, for solos and trios, continue to explore his unique sound world, exploration of microtones, and use of unusual instrumentation. 'Piper' is probably one of the few avant-garde pieces composed for the bagpipe. The piper is asked to walk slowly around the performance space, sounding his instrument as he does so. From time to time he detunes the chanters, creating beating patterns of slightly varying speeds and minor spatial disturbances (imaginary dopplers). In 'Fan,' four koto players play a long series of plucked tones over a 12-minute time span. During the course of '947,' four pure tones are sounded in all their combinations. In 'Silver Streetcar,' the player dampens the triangle with the thumb and forefinger of one hand while tapping the instrument with the other. Ever Present is inspired by Robert Irwin's garden at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. Four first recordings.

Cat. number: mode 178
Year: 2007

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