ST22 | ALVIN LUCIER: Music on a Long Thin Wire


MAR. 01 | 7PM
ArtCenter / South Florida
924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

ALVIN LUCIER: Music on a Long Thin Wire
924 Vitrine Hallway
on view until March 31


Music on a Long Thin Wire

The wire is extended across a large room, clamped to tables at both ends. The ends of the wire are connected to the loudspeaker terminals of a power amplifier placed under one of the tables. A sine wave oscillator is connected to the amplifier. A magnet straddles the wire at one end. Wooden bridges are inserted under the wire at both ends to which contact microphones are imbedded, routed to a stereo sound system. The microphones pick up the vibrations that the wire imparts to the bridges and are sent through the playback system. By varying the frequency and loudness of the oscillator, a rich variety of slides, frequency shifts, audible beats and other sonic phenomena may be produced. — Alvin Lucier (1992)

The piece will be recreated by members of F.L.E.A. and the installation is a project organized in collaboration with the Florida International University School of Music’s Music Technology Program and ArtCenter / South Florida.

Part of … SUBTROPICS SYMPOSIUM: Redrawing The Acoustical Public Space