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"Alvin Lucier is sitting in the East Art Gallery" in Tehran

Sources: Tehran Times & Tehran's East Gallery

Tehran's East Gallery is currently hosting a sound installation performance based on "I Am Sitting in a Room", by the American composer of experimental music and sound installations Alvin Lucier.

The performance entitled "Alvin Lucier is sitting in the East Art Gallery" has been organized by Mehdi Behbudi and Shadi Afshar. The first performance was held on Friday.

Prominent Iranian composer Nader Mashayekhi accompanies the artist during the performances, which runs until December 3.

In "I Am Sitting in a Room" (1969), Lucier records himself narrating a text, and then plays the recording back into the room, re-recording it.

Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room

The new recording is then played back and re-recorded, and this process is repeated. Since all rooms have a characteristic resonance, the effect is that certain frequencies are gradually emphasized as they resonate in the room, until eventually the words become unintelligible, replaced by the pure resonant harmonies and tones of the room itself.

"The same musical instruments that were used in the original work, will be used in this sound installation performance organized for the East Gallery," Mashayekhi said in a press release on Friday.

"'I Am Sitting in a Room' is one of Lucier's best works," he added.

"One of my dreams was realized after Mehdi Behbudi performed this sound installation at the gallery," he stated.

Lucier's experimental music and sound installations explore acoustic phenomena and auditory perception.

A long-time music professor at Wesleyan University, he was a member of the influential Sonic Arts Union, which included Robert Ashley, David Behrman, and Gordon Mumma.

Much of his work is influenced by science and explores the physical properties of sound itself: resonance of spaces, phase interference between closely tuned pitches, and the transmission of sound through physical media.

East Gallery can be found at No. 6, Hassan Seif St., Phase 3, Shahrak-e Gharb neighborhood.


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