Can you id this sound effects or experimental LP?

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  1. Christian

    Christian Guest

    My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded in a
    acoustic chamber.
    The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.

    Then that tape recording was played in the same chamber and
    re-recorded.
    Then THAT tape was played in the chamber and re-recorded.

    and so-on.

    Then all the recordings are strung together so what you hear is a
    gradually deteriorating voice recording repeated over and over again
    until it is unrecognizable and starts to sound like electronic music
    or something.

    Has anyone heard this record and can you id it?? I'd like to try to
    find it for him.
  2. "Id, id, id, id, id, id, id!" -- Dr. Morbeus


    > My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    > heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded
    > in an acoustic chamber.
    > The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.


    > Then that tape recording was played in the same chamber
    > and re-recorded.
    > Then THAT tape was played in the chamber and re-recorded.


    > and so-on.


    > Then all the recordings are strung together so what you hear is
    > a gradually deteriorating voice recording repeated over and
    > over again until it is unrecognizable and starts to sound like
    > electronic music or something.


    > Has anyone heard this record and can you id it? I'd like
    > to try to find it for him.
  3. ScotFraser

    ScotFraser Guest

    << My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded in a
    acoustic chamber.
    The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.
    Then that tape recording was played in the same chamber and
    re-recorded.
    Then THAT tape was played in the chamber and re-recorded. and so-on. Then all
    the recordings are strung together so what you hear is a
    gradually deteriorating voice recording repeated over and over again
    until it is unrecognizable and starts to sound like electronic music
    or something. Has anyone heard this record and can you id it?? I'd like to try
    to
    find it for him.>>

    I believe it's called "I Am Sitting In A Room" by Steve Reich.


    Scott Fraser
  4. Peter B.

    Peter B. Guest

    >
    > I believe it's called "I Am Sitting In A Room" by Steve Reich.
    >
    >
    > Scott Fraser



    Alvin Lucier did "I Am Sitting In a Room". I know I have it in my
    collection but I forget what it sounds like.

    Steve Reich did "Come Out" and also "It's Gonna Rain". Both are tape
    pieces that drift in and out of phase with each other.

    Peter
  5. Rob Adelman

    Rob Adelman Guest

    A bit off topic, but this reminds my of a bathroom in a house my dad
    used to have. It had 2 mirrored doors on either end that were parallel
    to each other. When you looked at the mirror it reflected to the other
    mirror which reflected back to the first mirror. Like looking into a
    giant tunnel, very strange.

    -Rob


    Christian wrote:
    > My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    > heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded in a
    > acoustic chamber.
    > The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.
    >
    > Then that tape recording was played in the same chamber and
    > re-recorded.
    > Then THAT tape was played in the chamber and re-recorded.
    >
    > and so-on.
    >
    > Then all the recordings are strung together so what you hear is a
    > gradually deteriorating voice recording repeated over and over again
    > until it is unrecognizable and starts to sound like electronic music
    > or something.
    >
    > Has anyone heard this record and can you id it?? I'd like to try to
    > find it for him.
  6. sfchris999@yahoo.com (Christian) wrote in message news:<4a6942c8.0308181639.45e767e0@posting.google.com>...
    > My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    > heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded in a
    > acoustic chamber.
    > The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.


    [etc., etc.]

    The piece you're looking for is indeed Alvin Lucier's "I am sitting in
    a room." The "acoustic chamber" you mention was typically his living
    room-- the point of the piece was to allow the resonant properties of
    the presentations space to gradually and obviously reveal themselves,
    sort of like a time-delay film of a flower blooming. However, the
    score to the piece suggests all sorts of variations that public
    performances rarely incorporate...there's definitely a canonical way
    to present the piece.

    http://www.lovely.com/titles/cd1013.html is the link to the CD on the
    Lovely Music label. It's a really beautiful piece.

    Anyone who's interested should also check out his "Music on a long
    thin wire."

    -Matt
  7. P Stamler

    P Stamler Guest

    >A bit off topic, but this reminds my of a bathroom in a house my dad
    >used to have. It had 2 mirrored doors on either end that were parallel
    >to each other. When you looked at the mirror it reflected to the other
    >mirror which reflected back to the first mirror. Like looking into a
    >giant tunnel, very strange.


    My mother had a dressing table built into a wall recess that had this feature,
    and a third mirror facing you as well. Looking into the parallel mirrors and
    seeing the endless tunnel was fun, but even more fun was pressing the edge of
    the mirror and watching the tunnel bend.

    Peace,
    Paul (easily amused at age 8)
  8. squeeziechum

    squeeziechum Guest

    Actually, that was Alvin Lucier.
    There's similar stuff from the same era by Steve Reich, though. One of
    them,"Come Out," is a tape of a young black man who had been beaten by cops
    during some civil unrest, and he was describing his injuries. The recording
    was looped through one or more tape decks and re-recorded on the fly, with
    the sound of his voice slowly morphing from phrases about blood and bruises
    into what sounds like "Come out to show them". Your brother would probably
    enjoy that one, too. Check out amazon dot com if you have no local
    retailers who carry this stuff.

    Phil
    "ScotFraser" <scotfraser@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:20030819015432.06619.00000341@mb-m28.aol.com...
    > << My brother is looking for an special effects or experimental LP he
    > heard in college years ago which consisted of a voice recorded in a
    > acoustic chamber.
    > The voice was saying some well enunciated sentence.
    > Then that tape recording was played in the same chamber and
    > re-recorded.
    > Then THAT tape was played in the chamber and re-recorded. and so-on. Then

    all
    > the recordings are strung together so what you hear is a
    > gradually deteriorating voice recording repeated over and over again
    > until it is unrecognizable and starts to sound like electronic music
    > or something. Has anyone heard this record and can you id it?? I'd like to

    try
    > to
    > find it for him.>>
    >
    > I believe it's called "I Am Sitting In A Room" by Steve Reich.
    >
    >
    > Scott Fraser

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