/// Performance Of “I Am Sitting In A Room” And Other Electronic Works

May 28th at 7PM

Alvin Lucier & Charles Curtis

Crowley Theater, Marfa
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The weekend’s keynote performance on Saturday, May 28, at the Crowley Theater, with over 120 in attendance, showcased the scope of Lucier’s distinctive body of work, dedicated to the behavior of sound in architectural space, landscape, and memory. Initially refusing both traditional concert venues and instrumentation, early compositions like I Am Sitting in a Room (1970) put speech through a recording process as a way of drawing out the natural resonance of specific sites. In more recent work, like Slices (2007), Lucier re-engages the histories and techniques of European classical music while continuing to draw forward an idea of composition intended, in the words of long-term collaborator Charles Curtis, to “capture, reveal, and magnify the details of how ordinary sounds behave when we make music.”

“I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice and I am going to play it back into the room again and again until the resonant frequencies of the room reinforce themselves so that any semblance of my speech, with perhaps the exception of rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have.”