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Alvin Lucier


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Alvin Lucier (born May 14, 1931) is an American composer of music and sound installations exploring acoustic phenomena, especially resonance, as well as a former member of the Sonic Arts Union along with Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma.

As a self-acknowledged composer of experimental music, Lucier’s compositions sometimes deal with elements of indeterminacy. Much of his work is heavily informed by science, revolving around the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely-tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

Lucier was born in Nashua, New Hampshire and studied at Yale University and Brandeis University and spent two years in Rome on a Fulbright Fellowship.

His pieces include Music On A Long Thin Wire in which a piano wire is strung across a room with magnets on either end, producing changing overtones and sounds, Crossings, in which tones played across a steadily rising sine wave produce interference beats, Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas in which the interference tones between sine waves create “troughs” and “valleys” of sound and silence, Music For Solo Performer, the first piece to use brain waves to produce sound, and Clocker, which uses biofeedback and reverberation.


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  • Skinnyfoureyes

    beyond music but still musical

    5 Feb 9:41pm Reply

    after listened almost 30 minutes of I'm sitting in a room, a heavy painhead started and I really dont know why... but was a great experience! Alvin, you're a genius

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • dolph-in


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  • lineswritten

    He is coming to Ireland with Eliane Radigue for those interested- Louth Contemporary Music Society presents Sounds in Space: the unique musical visions of composers Alvin Lucier and Eliane Radigue 20 June 2014 at 8pm Dundalk Gaol (info:

    21 May 2014 Reply
  • GiaNXGX


    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • panDerecki

    I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now…

    19 Mar 2013 Reply
  • goodmorningcptn

    just uploaded several hi-resolution photos. check them out, vote.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • TristanLR

    I first heard Lucier in 2004, around the same time I found a copy of ‘Crossings’ – a collection of scores up to about 1978. From that moment his music and philosophy towards composition, the role of technology, perception and (most importantly) listening, changed my life forever.

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • jaystooge

    Avant Garde Radio

    9 Jul 2011 Reply
  • progtrance7

    "yeah. in your local dumpster." LOL [2]

    8 Jun 2011 Reply
  • BoothsBullet

    Music on a Long Thin Wire is simply transcendental

    3 Jun 2011 Reply
  • bruno__________

    i always read his name as 'ave lucifer'

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • illadelphianjb

    Clocker is pretty good. Discovered it through a cursory search for "polydyptic", which was used in Italo Calvino's novel "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler". More info here: Trying to get a hold of some other work(s)

    9 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Nemoflow

    "Bird and Person Dyning" ♥

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • phillip360

    Pauline if you are reading this, I left the front door key at Tony's house. Also he asked you to glue and expand the estrus and electrified 'pataphysics group.

    6 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Hirapur

    If you are sitting in a room listening to 'I Am Sitting In a Room', would it be right to say that you are not just hearing the natural resonant frequencies of the room that Alvin was recording in, but also the frequencies of the room you yourself are sat in?

    1 Aug 2010 Reply
  • butteredcat

    the very important thing is to find the difference between 'experimental' and 'avant-garde'. yep, the terms are similar, but not the same. not every musical experiment is either innovation or avant-garde.

    14 Jul 2010 Reply
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    30 Apr 2010 Reply
  • organisati0n


    13 Mar 2010 Reply
  • AnaRitaCosta

    i am sitting in a room = ***** + *

    15 Feb 2010 Reply
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