The (semi) confirmed line-up so far is:
Luke Altmann: piano
Tristan Louth-Robins: piano
Sebastian Tomczak: cello
Kym Gluyas: saxophone
on a miserable rainy morning in my mailbox..
The arrival of the OHM+ disc was a big thing last week, but this is the one I've really waited for (nearly 3 months)...
It's a compendium of Alvin Lucier's scores, interviews and articles dating from 1965-1994. It's been the essential text to make everything work...now the research can really start moving. Progress report soon.
It's amazing what some people will choose to dispose of.
...check out this little aquisition:
Yes, amongst the sheet metal, terracotta pots and dodgy fridges came this little thing housed in a milkcrate.
That's right, it's a Macintosh Classic: a sexy box with 12 MB of hard drive space, which means I can create a 'minimalist jukebox' of around three .mp3 files.
There's no keyboard or mouse but I've already started my search.
And now I have another milkcrate...
I'm gradually finding my way back to the subject of Lucier in my research, though for the past couple of weeks I've been entertaining myself with some divergents. Readings have involved Trevor Wishart's On Sonic Art and R.Murray Schafer's The Tuning Of The World. And music courtesy of Robert Ashley's She Was A Visitor and Automatic Writing , as well as a piece by Kate Donovan called Airvent.
These works contain subjects that relate strongly to the aesthetic of Alvin Lucier - particularly sonic acoustics and morphology (Wishart), environment (Schafer, Donovan) and performance (Ashley.)
I have also become very interested in phonetics (the study of speech sounds.) The performance of Ashley's She Was A Visitor at the last Tyndall Assembly concert is a fair indicator of this interest, leading me to read Wishart's studies into the phenomena, as well as examing the work of Dada poet Kurt Schwitter (1887-1948), who was the first artist to seriously explore phonetics in poetry.
This interest in phonetics could provide a good point of reference when examining works by Lucier that employ the human voice in performance, such as I Am Sitting In A Room (1970), For Baritone and Slow Sweep (1983) and Wave Songs (1997.)
1. Wishart, Trevor. On Sonic Art. ISBN 0 9510313 0 9, 1985.
2. Schafer, R.Murray. The Tuning Of The World. Random House: New York, 1977.