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Alvin Lucier

Alvin LucierBorn: 14-May-1931
Birthplace: Nashua, NH

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Composer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: I Am Sitting In A Room

Composer and creator of sound installations. Lucier is best known for the work "I am sitting in a room" (1970), in which a statement describing the work is recorded and played back into the room, the reverberant sound of which is re-recorded and played back again, over and over until only the resonant frequencies of the room remain, the voice obliterated in a haze of shimmering tones. "Music for Solo Performer" (1965) makes use of amplified brainwaves, the first ever to do so. "Music on a Long Thin Wire" (1988) records the sound of magnets being passed along a taut 50-foot piano string.

    High School: Portsmouth Abbey School, Portsmouth, RI
    University: Yale University
    University: Brandeis University
    Professor: Music, Brandeis University (1969-69)
    Professor: Music, Wesleyan University (1970-)

    Risk Factors: Stuttering

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