In 1969, composer, professor and sound artist Alvin Lucier released “I Am Sitting In A Room,” for which he taped himself reading a section of text, then re-recording the recording over and over again. Eventually the sonic dissonance compounded on itself to the point where Lucier’s voice was unrecognizable and all that persisted were various otherworldly tones. It was probably his best known work.
In 2013, YouTube user canzona modernized Lucier’s original experiment by recording and re-recording not only his own voice, but his image as well, all via YouTube. canzona reads a section of text similar to Lucier’s beginning with “I am sitting in a room,” but alters it to include the new visual element of his experiment. All in all, canzona uploaded and re-uploaded the same video of himself 1000 times, and the result is incredible. So are canzona’s mutton chops. Take a look below:
And here’s Lucier’s original experiment from 1969: