Associated Artists
Alvin Lucier
  Sign Waves 2003
Festival 2003 - 2003
  Toronto Canada
Included in the exhibition is the sound sculpture Clusterflux by Garnet Willis. The Clusterflux is similar in structure to the soundboard of a grand piano, the central spruce board sprung into a maple frame to maximize its sound amplification. Across it stretch 48 harpsichord strings spanning 4 octaves, tuned to pitches chosen to optimize their potential for sympathetic resonance. An alternating current fuels each octave, creating a magnetic field around each string. The magnets on the spruce board then attract and release the strings, causing them to vibrate, while the soundboard acts as a natural amplifier. Although electrically powered, the Clusterflux is an acoustic instrument - you hear what you see - the natural sound of wood and strings. Also running throughout the exhibition will be a realization by Nicholas Longstaff of Alvin Lucier's piece "I am sitting in a room" using the acoustic space of St. Andrew-by-the-Lake. In this fascinating exploration of acoustical phenomena, "I am sitting in a room" slips from the domain of language to that of music in the course of 40 minutes and 32 repetitions of a simple paragraph of text. In "I am sitting in a room," several sentences of recorded speech are simultaneously played back into a room and re-recorded there many times. As the repetitive process continues, those sounds common to the original spoken statement and those implied by the structural dimensions of the room are reinforced. The others are gradually eliminated. The space acts as a filter; the speech is transformed into pure sound. All the recorded segments are spliced together in the order in which they were made and constitute the work. Listening Gallery The Listening Gallery will give visitors to the Sound Travels Documents photo exhibit and opportunity to listen to past performances presented during the annual Sound Travels concerts on Toronto Island. Included on the two CDs are: Paths (2003 Concert version), by David Eagle; DreamSpin by Wende Bartley; Gibraltar Point by Anne Bourne & David Gamper; Music Box Bell Curves ("Hello Paris!") by Tim Brady; No Man's Clan by Lori Freedman; The Toll by Marilyn Lerner; System Test (Fire and Ice) by Maggie Payne; The Toronto Sound Mosaic (excerpt) by Darren Copeland & Richard Windeyer; and Wind by Dirk Veulemans. The Sound Travels Documents exhibit features photography by Stefan A. Rose. Accessed 12.08.2009 from
Bibliographic Refs
Funder NOW Magazine, CKLN PF,, CIUT FM, Steve's Music Store, Canada Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council