Brandon Locher - Conversations, 2012
Brandon Locher’s “Conversations, 2012” are not as much a musical record but rather an experimental spoken word piece following the same line of reasoning as Alvin Lucier. These two recordings are kept in vein of Lucier’s “I Am Sitting in a Room” soundart piece. In Locher’s words:
After the first conversation “Person 001: Hello. Hello?” was recorded and documented I then proceeded to call another random person with a playback recording of the previous persons’ response. The person that is being called and recorded is fooled into thinking they are talking to an actual person when only they are responding to a recording of the previous conversation. As I move through the same process for each conversation, more information develops, and the concrete themes and ideas start to form more complex exchanges between the people and the recording.
The result is pretty strange and sometimes pretty awkward. Can be damn entertaining though. Don’t expect any relaxing ambience - this is kept strictly to the spoken word level. Hello? Hello? Heeelllooo?