“Little could I have imagined that the passing comment (‘have you ever considered doing a long duration version of your fantastic Music for Piano?’) that I made to Alvin Lucier, America’s legendary experimental composer, resulted in an incredible, new work arriving in my mailbox months later? Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators XL is a 64-minute sonic exploration that transports the listener through the timbral possibilities of sonic interference (known by acousticians as 'beating') generated by the interaction between the two pure wave oscillators and the striking of each key on the piano. The beats are neither ornaments nor colours, but the primary material for which the piece was conceptualised. Like Kubrick's 2001 Black Monolith, Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators XL is an immersive, intense and enigmatic work.” — Nicolas Horvath
Alvin Lucier is one of America’s foremost experimentalists, challenging the fundamental principles of music and focusing on acoustic phenomena and how listeners perceive them. Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators explores the acoustic ‘beating’ effects and tuning phenomena of sine waves against piano tones. This new XL version expands the extraordinary listening experience in a work described by Nicolas Horvath as ‘immersive, intense and enigmatic’.
This recording was made on: Steinway, Model D, number 248200
Music for Piano with Slow Sweep Pure Wave Oscillators XL (2020) (01:04:41)
“Here, Horvath (via Lucier) offers a sprawling brand of listening experience, supported by “slow sweep pure wave oscillators.”” – The WholeNote
“This performance by Nicolas Horvath is disciplined and precise, providing just the right touch for the piano notes under each acoustic condition.” – Sequenza21.com
“This interpretation by Nicolas Horvath will remain as one of the best from Lucier’s catalogue of piano works.” – PAN M 360