12 maggio 2021

 

Compleanno anche per Alvin Lucier, e sono novanta! In suo onore viene pubblicata a Washington da Sound on Paper una speciale edizione in box del suo celebre I Am Sitting In A Room contenente un corposo volume informativo e dieci diverse versioni registrate nell'arco di cinquant'anni, mentre la newyorkese Issue Project Room diffonde in streaming a partire da domani sera una maratona sonora con l'intervento di novanta interpreti: ad apparire per primo è naturalmente il festeggiato. Auguri!

“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 r-r-r-rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech. I regard this activity nnnnnot so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to s-s-smooth out any irregularities my speech might have”.