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I Am Sitting In A Room
Alvin Lucier Lyrics


I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice and I am going to play it back into the room again and again until the resonant frequencies of the room reinforce themselves so that any semblance of my speech, with perhaps the exception of rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room articulated by speech. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have.

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Snowdenbleep

Hey there! Im a recording engineer and might be able to differentiate this a little bit further. Mike is absolutely right!

There are three main elements in analysing the result of this recording: 1. microphone and speaker system freuency response. 2. the acoustic properties of the room and 3. the recording medium. These elements are all interacting with eachother.

The order of impact is 1: the acousics, 2 the recording medium (harmonic distortion and compression from tape) 3. the microphone and speaker (comparatively neutral).

The main effect we are hearing is the acousic properties of the room he is recording in. The different decay times of different frequencies are specific to the geometry and materials of the walls.

This room has a low resonant frequency (louder and longer decay time) of 163 herz and 320 herz, as well as many other partial (quieter) frequencies. This high fundamental suggests the room was quite small. As you record, these louder frequencies essentially begin feeding back.

The second most improtant variabke is the recording medium. It sounds to me like tape. This is important because tape does not allow for much dynamic room and begins to distort when the dynamic range is used up. Thus as the amplitude growd through repetition the distortion also created aditional harmonic content with each repetition. This also introduces hiss into the recording with each pass. Edit: the tape distortion is a huge part of the sound we here here, especially at the end. Tape also applies a type of "compression" which is very desirable in music. As the fumdamental gets louder the other frequencies are attenuated, and pop back to fill the hole as the fundamental drops out. This creates a lot of movement and excitement. A flatter digital system would not sound neary as exciting unless you deliberately and progressively added harmonic distortion and compression :)

Microphone and speaker frequency response have a negligable impat over the course of many repetitions compared to thebfirst two variables. Given that the mic and speaker used are able to represent all audible frequencies to a lesser or greater degree, the same resonant frequencies would have been produced no matter what brand or type of mic or speaker was used. Incidentally the same resonanant frequencies would have been produced independant of the origional source (replacing Alvins voice with an accordion or banging on a table), provided it contained a certain ammount of the relevant frequencies to get the feedback going.



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"I am sitting in a room different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice, and I am going to play it back into the room again and again, until the resonant frequencies of the room reinforce themselves, so that any semblance of my speech, with perhaps the exception of rhythm, is destroyed. What you will hear, then, are the natural resonant frequencies of the room, articulated by speech. I regard this activity not so much as a demonstration of a physical fact, but more as a way to smooth out any irregularities my speech might have." <- My favourite quote from the video.

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@Alexander Bayramov yo these lyrics are great

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