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Sound is the messenger for composer Lucier

By Matthew Guerrieri
Globe Correspondent / October 30, 2011

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“Vespers,” a composition that uses clicks from a sonar device, wasn’t Lucier’s first radically experimental piece, and it wouldn’t be his most famous - that would be ”I Am Sitting in a Room,” in which Lucier recorded himself reciting the technique of the piece, played it back into the room, and recorded the playback. But ”Vespers” - which will be performed at Wesleyan on Saturday night, part of three days of presentations, films, and concerts celebrating Lucier’s 80th birthday - even more provocatively sets out the parameters of Lucier’s music.

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ALVIN LUCIER: A Celebration


At: Wesleyan University , Middletown , Nov. 4-6 , 860-685-3355 , http://www.wesley