Music on a Long Thin Wire












Music on a Long Thin Wire
| Alvin Lucier

March 1 – 31, 2013

924 Vitrine | 924 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139

“The wire is extended across a large room, clamped to tables at both ends. The ends of the wire are connected to the loudspeaker terminals of a power amplifier placed under one of the tables. A sine wave oscillator is connected to the amplifier. A magnet straddles the wire at one end. Wooden bridges are inserted under the wire at both ends to which contact microphones are imbedded, routed to a stereo sound system. The microphones pick up the vibrations that the wire imparts to the bridges and are sent through the playback system. By varying the frequency and loudness of the oscillator, a rich variety of slides, frequency shifts, audible beats and other sonic phenomena may be produced.”   — Alvin Lucier (1992)

The piece was recreated and adapted by members of F.L.E.A. and the installation is a project organized in collaboration with the Florida International University School of Music’s Music Technology Program and ArtCenter/South Florida.

Music on a Long Thin Wire by Alvin Lucier is part of Subtropics XXII: Miami’s Experimental Bienial of Music and Sound Art.

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