Slow Waves

Alvin Lucier

Slow Waves has been performed in Amsterdam, Montréal and Victoria…

Six glass vessels, some partially filled with water, are mounted on pedestals scattered around the performance space. Microphones are inserted into the mouths of the vessels, then routed through compressor-limiters to amplifiers and monitor speakers. During the course of the performance, the volume levels of the amplifiers are raised and lowered, causing feedback at pitches determined by the size and shape of the containers and their proximity to the loudspeakers. Following a sequence notated in the score, the players closely tune with the feedback strands causing interference patterns. At times, two water pourers empty water from one container to another, raising and lowering the pitches of the sounds from those containers.

Slow Waves

  • Alvin Lucier
  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration: 55:00
  • Instrumentation: sine waves, water vessels, string quartet, piano and trombone

Concerts

6 Nove 2014
9:00 pm
Lucier
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
30 May 2015
8:00 pm
Lucier
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
7 June 2015
8:00 pm
Série QB
Lucier
Montréal (Québec)