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Clocker
Alvin Lucier
Clocker
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Classical
 
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For amplified clock, performer with galvanic skin response sensor, and digital delay system; Alvin Lucier, performer; recorded by Nicolas Collins. Through the means of a galvanic skin response sensor driving a digital del...  more »

      
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All Artists: Alvin Lucier
Title: Clocker
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Lovely Music
Original Release Date: 11/1/1994
Release Date: 11/1/1994
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Classical
Styles: Techno, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 723722027529, 745295101925

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For amplified clock, performer with galvanic skin response sensor, and digital delay system; Alvin Lucier, performer; recorded by Nicolas Collins. Through the means of a galvanic skin response sensor driving a digital delay on a miked clock, Lucier creates the illusions of time expanding and contracting, and of a room that is changing in size. Alvin Lucier, the reigning techno-wizard of the avant garde, has devoted his musical career to the exploration of acoustical phenomena. Lucier got the idea for his newest recording, Clocker, in 1978: he wanted to make a work in which a performer could speed up and slow down time simply by thinking. The resulting piece, which took over 10 years to realize, is scored for a clock, galvanic skin response sensors taped to Lucier's fingers (which measures differences in skin resistance caused by changes in emotional state) and digital delay system. The version of Clocker on this compact disc was recorded by electronic composer Nicolas Collins in 1991 at Wesleyan University.

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No Space. No Time. An experiental album.
lianas | St. Louis, MO United States | 09/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Many people consider modern experimental composers such as John Cage, Marcel Duchamp, Morton Feldman, Elliot Carter and Alvin Lucier to be better at developing interesting concepts than they are composing enjoyable music. I have to strongly disagree. Possibly, these 'critics' haven't learned to listen yet. This album is a fine example of what superb, experiental music is being crafted by these new musicians. I listen to Clocker as I am studying and walking around at school. It provides me with a smooth, textured background that permeates my perception throughout its play. Hey! If you want your perception permeated, buy this album."
Mesmerizing & enlightening
William Timothy Lukeman | 04/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A verbal description of this piece to other people usually elicits a comment like, "That sounds really boring." Yet it's absolutely fascinating & absorbing! It creates a timeless feeling, suspending the listener in a clicking eternity that could be a clock, a heartbeat, the womb, the ceaseless stream of our thoughts, the machinery of the universe.... But it also makes the listener acutely aware of time: its inexorable passage, the ways we measure it & attempt to comprehend it, our need to control it even as it sweeps us along. Every time I hear it, I'm taken to another place; and each time it ends, I'm jolted awake by the sudden dead silence, emerging far more aware of the world around me than before. Highly recommended!"