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Artist: LUCIER, ALVIN
Title: Criss-Cross / Hanover
Format: LP
Label: Black Truffle
Country: Australia
Price: $28.00
Limited re-press. "Black Truffle present the premier recordings of two recent works by legendary American experimental composer Alvin Lucier. Lucier has been crafting elegant explorations of the behavior of sound in physical space since the 1960s and is perhaps best known for his 1970 piece I Am Sitting In a Room (LCD 1013CD). He has written a remarkable catalog of instrumental works that focus on phenomena produced by the interference between closely tuned pitches, often using pure electronic tones produced by oscillators in combination with single instruments. Demonstrating the restless creative drive of an artist now in his 80s, the two recent works presented here both feature the electric guitar, an instrument Lucier has just recently begun to explore. In "Criss-Cross", Luciers first composition for electric guitars, two guitarists using e-bows sweep slowly up and down a single semitone, beginning at opposite ends of the pitch range. The piece exemplifyies Luciers desire not to "compose" in the conventional sense, but rather to eliminate everything that "distracts from the acoustical unfolding of the idea". In this immaculately controlled performance of "Criss-Cross" by Oren Ambarchiand Stephen OMalley, for whom the piece was written in 2013, a seemingly simple idea creates a rich array of sonic effects -- not simply beating patterns, which gradually slow down as the two tones reach unison and accelerate as they move further apart, but also the remarkable phenomenon of sound waves spinning in elliptical patterns through space between the two guitar amps. In the comparatively lush "Hanover", Lucier draws inspiration from the photograph on the cover, an image of the Dartmouth Jazz Band taken in 1918 featuring Luciers father on violin. Using the instrumentation present in the photograph, Lucier creates an unearthly sound world of sliding tones from violin, alto and tenor saxophones, piano, vibraphone (bowed), and three electric guitars (which take the place of the banjos present in the photograph). Waves of slow glissandi create thick, complex beating patterns, gently punctuated by repeated single notes from the piano. The result is a piece that is simultaneously both unperturbably calm and constantly in motion. LP design by Stephen OMalley; Includes inner sleeve with a portrait of Alvin Lucier by Kris Serafin. "Criss-Cross" recorded at Studios Ina GRM, Paris by Francois Bonnet and mixed by Alvin Lucier. "Hanover" recorded in Zurich and mixed by Alvin Lucier. Mastered and cut by Rashad Beckerat Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin." - Black Truffle.

Artist: LUCIER, ALVIN
Title: Dark Matter
Format: LP
Label: God
Country: USA
Price: $25.00
"I dont do anything special with the instruments. I dont use extended techniques. I use the pure sound of the instruments, with alterations in tuning to make audible [acoustic] beating." - Alvin Lucier. Manuel Zurria - flute; Erik Drescher - glissando flute.

Artist: LUCIER, ALVIN
Title: Music On A Long Thin Wire
Format: CD
Label: Lovely Music
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
1992 release. "First released on Lovely Music in 1980. A 50-foot length of taut wire passes through the poles of a large magnet and is driven by an oscillator; the vibrations of the wire are miked at either end, amplified, and broadcast in stereo. The thin wire is set vibrating four times at four different frequencies; what results is not the low drone one might expect from a long, vibrating wire, but a complexity of evocative, ethereal chords. Music On A Long Thin Wire is a classic example of Alvin Luciers investigations into the physics of sound and the sonic properties of natural processes." - Lovely Music.

Artist: LUCIER, ALVIN
Title: Panorama
Format: CD
Label: Lovely Music
Country: USA
Price: $12.00
1997 release. "A gorgeous recording of works for trombone and piano, transformed by Alvin Luciers electronics and oscillators. Wind Shadows (1994), Music for Piano with One or More Snare Drums (1990), and Panorama (1993) -- were written for the Swiss musicians Roland Dahinden and Hildegard Kleeb, who play them on this CD. Also included: Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels (1990), which was originally written for Margaret Leng Tan." - Lovely Music.

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