21057-2, 2 CDs, $21.00
|| Alvin Lucier
Almost New York
CD 1 - Twonings: Charles Curtis, cello; Joseph Kubera, piano; Almost
New York: Robert Dick, flutes; Broken Line: Robert Dick, flute; Danny
Tunick, vibraphone; Joseph Kubera, piano
CD 2 - Coda Variations: Robin Hayward, tuba
Pogus is extremely delighted to release this 2 CD set of recordings of works
by Alvin Lucier.
He is one of the key experimental artists of the 20th and 21st centuries, and
is one of my favorite composers. A unique and individual artist: No one sounds
quite like Alvin Lucier.
Lucier writes about the genesis of the works on this release:
"Since the early 1980's I have made a series of works for conventional
musical instruments. Before that time I had been mainly occupied with the exploration
of such phenomena as echoloca-tion, brain waves, room acoustics and the visual
representation of sound. Often these works required special equipment-hand held
pulse wave oscillators (Vespers), differential amplifiers (Music for
Solo Performer), horseshoe magnets (Music on a Long Thin Wire). Then
players began asking me for pieces. Now I needed to find a way of achieving
the same poetry with acoustic instruments as I did with electronic means.
"One of the things I discovered was that players could create rhythmic
patterns by closely tuning with electronically generated pure waves or with
each other, producing audible beats. Often, to get continuous motion, I have
one or more voices sweep up or down at various speeds against fixed sustained
pitches. As a wave approaches a sustained pitch the audible beating slows down
to zero when it reaches unison, then speeds up again as the wave leaves the
pitch. Almost New York employs slow sweep pure wave oscillators, Broken
Line, flute glissandi. In Twonings two different tuning systems collide
and in Coda Variations slight variations in pitch are heard chronologically."
Recorded by Charles Curtis, Joseph Kubera, Robert Dick, Danny Tunick, and Robin
Hayward - some of the leading new music performers of our era, these works are
essential additions to the Alvin Lucier oeuvre, as well as satisfying anyone
interested in great experimental music.