I Am Sitting In A Room – Alvin Lucier

This piece has been an ongoing inspiration for several years now- the repetition until destruction and a creation of something new and other-worldly…

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I am sitting in a room is a sound art piece composed in 1969 and one of composer Alvin Lucier’s best known works.

The piece features Lucier recording himself narrating a text, and then playing the tape recording back into the room, re-recording it. The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Due to the room’s particular size and geometry, certain frequencies of the recording are emphasized while others are attenuated. Eventually the words become unintelligible, replaced by the characteristic resonant frequencies of the room itself.

In his book on the origins of minimalism, Edward Strickland wrote that “In its repetition and limited means, I am sitting in a room ranks with the finest achievements of Minimal tape music. Furthermore, in its ambient conversion of speech modules into drone frequencies, it unites the two principal structural components of Minimal music in general.”

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