penetrations I [1968-IV] alcides lanza

penetrations I [1968-IV], created at the Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center. it was originally designed as a ‘light and sound event’ to be performed using an ‘area’ of New York City. more precisely, the area surrounding the Seagram’s building, the celebrated building by architect Mies van der Rohe, [a.k.a. the Bronfman bulding]. when the owners of the building decided not to honor their initial approval for this project, the ‘light and sound event’ never took place.

penetrations I — slightly over 20’ in duration — was designed to be repeated three times for an event taken place from 11 PM to midnight, during the month of December [1968], at the plaza existing at the intersection of 51st street and Park Ave.. [for more on this light and sound event, please see Source Magazine, double issue 7/8, which includes the complete charts and instructions for the realization of this work].

the electroacoustic music created by lanza includes city noises gathered by the composer in the street and metro stations of New York City, using a Uher 4200 portable tape recorder and Sennheisser MD420 microphones. The voices of the Argentinean painter Alejandro Puente and of lanza himself are at times barely audible against a drone naturally generated by a diesel truck motor. penetrations I was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Crafts, in New York, for their exhibition entitled “Sound”, in 1969.

  • Year of composition: 1968
  • Duration of the submitted work: 20:44
  • Publisher: Éditions Shelan Publications (Montréal, Québec). Score and instructions published by SOURCE, double issue 7/8, 1970, California. Tape part published by SHELAN Publications.
  • Production: Columbia-Princeton Electronic Music Center (New York City, New York, USA)

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