Still and Moving Lines – the Music of Alvin Lucier
12 noon, 24th June, 2010.
Peter Karmel Building,as part of the Australasian Computer Music Conference, ANU, Canberra.
7.30pm 2nd July, 2010.
RRR Studios, Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts, Melbourne, VIC.
7.30pm 3rd July, 2010
Eugene Goosens Hall, Liquid Architecture Festival of Sound Arts, Sydney, NSW.
Alvin Lucier (b. 1931) is an American composer who explores acoustic phenomena and auditory perception in works that combine sound art, installation and more traditional music formats. 2010 marks his 80th year and Decibel celebrated this with a series of concerts devoted to this remarkable composer. These programs explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely-tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.
“Perth was treated to a lesson in acoustic phenomena, an interrogation of the conservatism of the concert format, and an ecstatic experience of sound at its most sparse byt these talented artists.” Darren Jorgenson, RealTime#97
The program features a number of Australian premieres, and includes the keystone of electronic music, I am Sitting in a Room (1970) in Perth featuring legendary newsreader, Peter Holland, which was performed the day after Lucier’s 80th birthday. In Brisbane John Rodgers performed the work.
Nothing is Real (Strawberry Fields) (1990)
In Memorium Stuart Marshall (1993)
Carbon Copies (1989)
Direction of Sounds from the Bridge (1978)
Ever Present (2002)
Still and Moving Lines in Families of Hyperbola’s Part 1 No.1, No. 3, No. 5, (1972)
In Memorium Jon Higgins (1987)
Music for Snare Drum, Pure Wave oscillator and one or more reflective surfaces (1990)
Indian Summer (1993)
The video below shows a short sample of the MaxMSP score reader/sine wave player Decibel use to play Lucier’s sine waves live, rather than as playback. The sine wave player can adjust the wave in increments.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body. The tour to Brisbane has been assisted by Sound Travellers.