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Essay sample - Relationship between Sound and Space in "I am Seating in a Room" by Alvin Lucier
Pages 11 (2761 words)
Customer Name Professor Music 29 November 2011 I am Sitting in a Room Few composers explore the relationship between sound, music, and space in their work. In fact, if they do, they often cease to become composers. Rather, the action of composing sound as opposed to composing music, or focusing on raw sound as opposed to melody, forces these artists to adopt a new practice and label, willingly or unwillingly, of that of sound artist…
Instead, the artists who firmly occupy one discipline – composers who compose music, artists who create visual art, and architects who fashion functional space – find themselves more readily embraced by critics and audiences. Artists whose work combines all of these disciplines however often encounter a chilly, if not confused, critical and audience response. Susan Philipsz, who won the Turner Prize in 2010, has been called the “first artist working with sound to have won the prize,” and some sound artists view this development as a positive harbinger for the discipline as a whole (Searle n.p.) Searle describes Philipsz as “just a singer, with the sort of voice you might feel lucky to come across at a folk club. But there is much more to Philipsz than a good voice. All singers, of course, are aware of the space their voice occupies, of the difference between one hall and another...But the way Philipsz sites recordings of her voice is as much to do with place as with sound” (Searle n.p.). True, Philipsz’s use of sound is extraordinary. However, Philipsz is still “singing” in the traditional sense of the word. ...
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