Alvin Lucier

Alvin Lucier (Nashua, US, 1931). Alvin Lucier composed several chamber and orchestral works since 1952 until he emphasized more experimental ways of recording from 1965. Exploring the physical aspects of sound, his work is deeply marked by science. In his most noticeable piece, “I Am Sitting in a Room”, Lucier recorded himself narrating a simple text, then playing it back in a different room, while recording the same narration over it, repeating the process several times until the words became unintelligible. The resonances of each room gradually created a melody. Lucier is currently a professor at the Wesleyan University in Middletown.

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