MATRIXSYNTH: sfSoundRadio: Live Broadcast of Alvin Lucier's "Music on a Long Thin Wire"

Friday, April 08, 2011

sfSoundRadio: Live Broadcast of Alvin Lucier's "Music on a Long Thin Wire"

This one in via Brian Comnes:

"APRIL 8-12 2011
sfSoundRadio presents a continuous broadcast of

Alvin Lucier's "Music on a Long Thin Wire" (1977)

duplicating the historic 5-day radio broadcast from a shopping center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1979.

Realization by Tom Duff, from his backyard in Berkeley, CA. (to listen iTunes, etc) (to listen in web browser - or follow instructions to listen on IPhone)"

via wikipedia:

"Music On A Long Thin Wire is a musical piece by Alvin Lucier conceived in 1977.

In his own words (1992): 'Music on a Long Thin Wire is constructed as follows: the wire is extended across a large room, clamped to tables at both ends. The ends of the wire are connected to the loudspeaker terminals of a power amplifier placed under one of the tables. A sine wave oscillator is connected to the amplifier. A magnet straddles the wire at one end. Wooden bridges are inserted under the wire at both ends to which contact microphones are imbedded, routed to the stereo sound system. The microphones pick up the vibrations that the wire imparts to the bridges and are sent through the playback system. By varying the frequency and loudness of the oscillator, a rich variety of slides, frequency shifts, audible beats and other sonic phenomena may be produced.'

However, Lucier admits a long thin wire is only used to impress, a short thin wire would have worked as well if not better, and he discovered that the best way to produce variation in the sonic phenomena was to pick a setting and leave the setup alone. He praised David Rosenboom for his ability to pick interesting settings.

It has been exhibited:

1979, Winrock Shopping Center, Albuquerque, and broadcast uninterrupted on KUNM-FM for five days and nights
1980, Landmark Center, Saint Paul
1988, Gallery of the Center for the Arts at Wesleyan, Middletown, CT"

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