Alvin Lucier

Illuminated By The Moon

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  • 4LP Box Set: Includes download, 4 x 180g vinyl LP, 120 page book, cd with bonus track, handnumbered, ltd. to 500 copies
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Black Truffle together with Bernhard Rietbrock and ZHDK are honoured to reissue this stunning boxset celebrating Alvin Lucier’s 85th birthday celebrations which took place in Zurich, 2013. It's a remarkable collection of performances of works (>190 minutes playtime) from Alvin Lucier’s life in music, from the iconic to the lesser known.

Alvin Lucier is one of most important figures in more than a half century of avant-garde and experimental sound practice. He has no equivalent. He is among America’s most important composers – a towering pillar of intellect, creativity, and beauty realized through sound. His singular and unparalleled body of work, focused around acoustic phenomena and auditory perception, which included, among many others, the groundbreaking works Bird And Person Dyning, Music On A Long Thin Wire, and I Am Sitting In A Room, each quietly shifting the understanding of what music could be – deceptively discrete gestures, laying their mark on history and the expectations of nearly everything to come, while radically expanding the field. It is such a life, defined by such striking accomplishment, which this release celebrates across the four LPs, CD, and book which make up the lavish Illuminated by the Moon release.

LP 1
Side A: I Am Sitting in a Room (1970) for voice and electromagnetic tape, 18:20 min
Side B: Music for Solo Performer (1965) for enormously amplified brain waves and percussion, 24:06 min

LP 2:
Side A: Charles Curtis (2002) for cello with slow sweep pure wave oscillators, 13:40 min
Side B: Double Rainbow (2016) for voice and slow sweep pure wave oscillator, 12:08 min
Nothing is Real (Strawberry Fields Forever) (1990) for piano, amplfied teapot, tape recorder, and miniature sound system, 8:21 min

LP 3:
Side A: Braid (2012) for alto ute, clarinet, English horn, and string quartet, 16:00 min
Side B: Two Circles (2012) for flute, B-flat clarinet, violin, cello, and piano, 17:52 min

LP 4:
Side A: Hanover (2015) for violin, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, three banjos (three e-guitars), piano, and bowed vibraphone, 18:06 min
Side B: Step, Slide and Sustain (2014) for horn in F, cello, and piano, 14:55 min

Arm Bandits (2016) for four cellos, 60:09 min

12x12”, 118 pages, richly illustrated, with numerous unseen images, various essays and an extensive overview of Lucier’s work from the 1960’s to present.

Alvin Lucier: Illuminated By The Moon

I Am Sitting in a Room Alvin Lucier 18' 20''
Music for Solo Performer Alvin Lucier 24' 06''
Charles Curtis Alvin Lucier 13' 40''
Double Rainbow Alvin Lucier 12' 09''
Nothing is Real Alvin Lucier 8' 21''
Braid Alvin Lucier 16' 00''
Two Circles Alvin Lucier 17' 52''
Hanover Alvin Lucier 18' 07''
Step, Slide and Sustain Alvin Lucier 14' 55''
One Arm Bandits Alvin Lucier 59' 51''

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