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Two Circles

Two Circles

Alvin Lucier

Label: Mode Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0764593029526
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Catalog number: MODE 295
Releasedate: 07-04-17
- This new recording of I am Sitting in a Room is from the Biennale Musica 2012 in Italy.

- This is Lucier’s first new recording of the work on CD since the Lovely Music release from 1980.

- Contains 4 first recordings.
Alvin Lucier’s (b.1931) work has been more often described in terms of science than of art and his scores often contain experimental procedures. Lucier perfectly represents the fusion of a scientist with an artist. His pieces arise from an inspection of a pure physical phenomenon. 

The performers on Mode’s fourth disc of Lucier’s music are the Italian experimental music ensemble Alter Ego —  two of the works were written for or dedicated to them — and Alvin Lucier himself.

This new recording of I am Sitting in a Room is from the Biennale Musica 2012 in Italy. This is Lucier’s first new recording of the work on CD since the Lovely Music release from 1980.

The interaction of electronic and acoustic sounds is the central point of Two Circles. These electronic sounds move from the same note in two glissandi, ascending and descending. The acoustic instruments interfere, generating beating (so-called binaural beats) from the interaction of closed frequencies. In some cases, these pulsations give the impression to expand the sonic space, whilst in others they appear to bring to an ending. 
In a comparable way, Fideliotrio focuses its attention on the tonal interplays between instruments. In this case, cello, viola and piano form a steady flux: the central note of the piano designs a sort of line around which the string instruments move. When the viola and cello start to drift away from piano’s tone, one may have the impression that the sonic stream is bending and is losing its center of gravity.

Artist Mochetti’s work focuses on light, space, time; it explores the use of materials and often includes a unique conception of the geometry, made of trajectories, lines and surfaces. In the Three Translations of the Works of Maurizio Mochetti, Lucier transfers the exploration of these elements to sound as he literally designs sonic profiles, reflections and music shapes.

The booklet includes an interview with Lucier and flutist Manuel Zurria and liner notes by Riccardo Dillon Wanke and Alvin Lucier.
Alter Ego earned a reputation as one of the major European chamber groups performing 20th-century classical compositions and works at the cutting edge of new directions in music. They have given concerts at principal venues in Italy, Europe and elsewhere, such as the Scala (Milan), Philarmonie (Berlin), Accademia di Santa Cecilia (Rome), Beethovenhalle (Bonn), De Yjsbreker (Amsterdam), Musica (Strasbourg), Nybrokaien 11 (Stockholm), the Akademie der Kunste (Berlin), Wien Modern, Maerz Musik (Berlin), Agorà Festival (Paris) and the Illkom (Tashkent). Alter Ego’s commitment to new, stimulating experiences has led to ensemble works with artists from various disciplines, such as Italian rapper Frankie HI-NRG, Robin Rimbaud (aka Scanner), Philip Jeck, Pan Sonic, William Basinski, Matmos, visual artists Michelangelo Pistoletto, Andrew Hooker and D-Fuse and performers synonymous with the musical avantgarde such as violinist Irvine Arditti or singer David Moss.

Such wide-ranging collaborations are also the result of Alter Ego’s conviction that the language of contemporary music will make greater sense if perceived as part of a total performance and a cultural event and will thus be understood by a broader audience than normally associated with the genre. Alter Ego also worked closely with many of the major composers of our time, including Curran, Glass, Kancheli, Lang, Sciarrino, Bryars, Riley, Rzewski and Lucier. Alter Ego’s recording of various compositions by Sciarrino, Esplorazione Del Bianco on the Stradivarius label, received unanimous approval of both critics and record buyers. Alter Ego’s Music in the Shape of a Square by Philip Glass earned the Editor’s Choice from Gramophone. The recording of The Sinking of the Titanic made with the author and Philip Jeck for Touch was included in the best 50 records of 2008 by the MOJO magazine.