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Composer Lucier's score instructs the players to go to an outside environment and record by any means the sound situations of those environments, then in performance re-create, solely by means of your voices, instruments and memory, those outside sound situations.

Lucier, Alvin / MAZE
(Amsterdam) Memory Space

Lucier, Alvin / MAZE: (Amsterdam) Memory Space (Unsounds)
Label: Unsounds    
Released in: Netherlands    

"The idea of representing one set of sounds with another is central to Alvin Lucier's Memory Space. Written in 1970, the score instructs: "Go to an outside environment (urban, rural, hostile, benign) and record by any means (memory, written notations, tape recordings) the sound situations of those environments. Returning to an inside performance space at any time later, re-create, solely by means of your voices and instruments and with the aid of your memory devices (without additions, deletions, improvisation, interpretation) those outside sound situations."

MAZE, 'ensemble for exploratory music', delivers a new version of this piece. MAZE is an electroacoustic ensemble dedicated to performing music that challenges the idea of fixed form and a fixed listening perspective. The aim of the ensemble is to offer the listener different forms of navigating their own path in the music.

The openness of Lucier's instructions belie the difficulty in dealing with the idea of how one can translate a sound from one medium into another and what kind of transformation of information takes place in that exchange. While interpreting this work, a musician becomes intensely aware of the processes by which one listens, both consciously and subconsciously; how one is constantly decoding sounds in one's environment, filtering out essential and non-essential information, discerning patterns and imposing an emotional reading on them. The work also brings up performative issues; since the musicians are interpreting their individual 'memory spaces' collectively in the same concert space, how do these overlapping spaces relate to one another? What is being communicated?

Clearly the musicians and the audience have a different perspective on the outcome of the performance; the musicians have half an ear to the source material being played on the headphones and half an ear on the shared sonic result. This was one of the reasons we chose to present the piece in this version on CD, where as a listener you are guided through both the collective musical space and into individual memory spaces of the musicians' recordings in a constantly shifting perspective. The material in this form encourages awareness of one's own listening space, whether it is performed live in a concert hall or another public space or whether one is listening to a recording of it at home, where the unique set of environmental sounds outside the window find their way into the collective musical space."-"-Unsounds

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Product Information:

UPC: 888174035628

Label: Unsounds
Catalog ID: 37U
Squidco Product Code: 18170

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Netherlands
Packaging: Cardstock Gatefold Sleeve
Recorded at Studio Eleven, Hilversum, The Netherlands, on the 30th of October, 2012 by Micha De Kanter.


Gareth Davis-bass clarinet

Yannis Kyriakides-computer, electronics

Dario Calderone-double bass

Anne La Berge-flute, electronics

Wiek Hijmans-guitar

Reinier Van Houdt-piano, electronics

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