Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas

by Alvin Lucier + Nick Hennies

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12:46
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10:40
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14:12

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Alvin Lucier's Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas is a collection of pieces for instrumentalists and fixed sine waves and is one of the earliest and most influential examples of Lucier's research into the nature of the basic building blocks of sound.

The percussion pieces are unique from the pieces for strings and winds/voice in that, because percussion instruments are not capable of performing microtonal pitches, the performer is asked to make precise adjustments in rate of attack rather than changing the pitch of the instrument. The interaction between the varying playing speeds and the sine waves creates a sonic environment where the sound is seemingly moving around the room. Presented here by percussionist Nick Hennies in the original program order specified by Lucier, the four pieces comprise a continued listening experience that is both fascinating and deeply hypnotic.

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released January 1, 2010

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