Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting in a Room

A couple weeks ago we looked at a spoken word piece by William S. Burroughs. This is along those lines, but in a very different way – I stumbled across the following video interpretation of Alvin Lucier’s “I am sitting in a room”.

The way this piece works is the original is recorded, then played back and recorded again. That recording is played again and recorded again. As this process repeats, the resonant frequencies of the room emphasize certain tones in the speakers voice and the effect is, well… you can see it in the video. Watching the video decompose with the audio is kinda cool.

Thought the video was interesting, but I like this version, featuring the composer himself, better. (
Alvin Lucier – I Am Sitting In a Room – I cannot for the life of me get the embedded player to work, sorry.)

I was mesmerized listening to this.

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