I'm looking at getting the construction of this piece started next Wednesday night (14th April) and finished in time for the evening of the 22nd April for a performance.
In basic terms, the piece consists of a long wire (about 20-30feet in this case) stretched tautly across a room with an electronic drone note driving it, causing visual waves on the wire and a "complexity of evocative, ethereal chords".
Anyone interested is welcome to get involved with this. The first session will probably involve more of the construction and set-up side of things. Once this is done, we can start playing with different frequencies and volume levels, and observing the effects visually on the wire and audibly in the space, which should be really interesting.
The piece consists of:
- A long piece of piano wire (generously donated by Paul at The Piano Shop in Holbeck)
- Piano tuning pegs (also donated by Paul)
- A large magnet (to be contributed by Daniel)
- *Two wooden sound boxes - wood to be sourced, each about 60x30x10 cm, thin plywood top and bottom, hard wood sides and ends (anyone have any sheets and strips of wood knocking around?)
- Two tables (Festival of passtimes tables?)
- *Four G-clamps (anyone?)
- A power amp (Stu)
- An oscillator (Stu)
- Two contact microphones (Stu)
- A small PA system (Stu)
"Dear Stuart, Yes by all means go ahead an install WIRE. And good luck!
Cordially, Alvin Lucier"
Here's a good interview where Lucier talks about his experience of the piece:
And a more technical overview: