This Friday, May 14th 2021, will be the ninetieth birthday of Alvin Lucier. To celebrate, ISSUE Project Room in New York will be presenting a 26-hour live-stream, in which ninety artists will each present a version of his iconic 1969 work, ‘I am Sitting in a Room.’

As part of the research for ‘Other Trains,’ we re-traced the modern route of the M-Bahn track, now utterly transformed by the development of Potsdamer Platz and the surrounding areas over the last three decades.

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Now that the Berlin weather has finally gotten a little bit less wintry, we are back on the hunt for the traces of abandoned railway routes. Last week, it was the Berlin M-Bahn, one of the world’s earliest magnetic-levitation train routes.

Minute/Year flyers just got back from the printers. Also got added to the row on the wall. Year six.

A little over a week ago, we did a little video shoot. It was this year’s iteration of the ‘Ice’ series — just before it all melted. First one since 2016. Ably assisted en route — thanks Dafne, Robin, Phil, and Anton. We’ll have more from it online soon… ❄️

Hi. Happy new year. Or, congratulations on your survival. Whatever feels more appropriate.

Year six of Minute/Year will be beginning later today, in Libken, Brandenburg, Germany. This year we added a light. The newsletter with all the details has just gone out. Take a look:

Gabriela invited seven different musicians and improvisers to each be present in bb15 over one week, and to each add a layer to Minute/Year in turn, each evening at 20:20. This intervention allowed a kind of time-stretched collaborative process to unfurl — a point of encounter in the resonance of layered sound.

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At the beginning of the month, an invisible band played a socially-distanced collaborative improvisation via Minute/Year. The Invisible Band, which occurred from August 3. to 9., was a week-long intervention in Minute/Year, organised and curated by Gabriela Gordillo, in bb15 in Linz, Austria.

We will also be doing an interview about the satellite, and the work we have done with its signals, and some other thoughts about radio waves, about space junk, about the universe, and more.

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Tomorrow, Wednesday, 12. August, at 2:51pm exactly, we’ll be on the radio, with the LES-1 satellite. This will be part of Datscha Radio’s “Listening to the Universe — Radiophonien des Alls” radio-art festival. If all goes to plan (fingers crossed), we will be live-intercepting the signal from the abandoned satellite and broadcasting it on Datscha Radio, from 2:51pm to 3:26pm, as it passes through the sky above Berlin.

The Invisible Band began last night.

Let’s explain. Our friend the coronavirus has kept many places still closed, including bb15 in Linz, where Minute/Year is continuing its daily layering. This has meant that the work has quietened down to a spectral whisper.

However, over the coming week, there will be an intervention in the work.

More railway research. The Stralau–Treptow Spreetunnel (in active use from 1899 to 1932) used to connect Stralau to Alt-Treptow through a tramline going under the river Spree. The tunnel still exists, but the entrances on both sides are filled in and the tunnel is flooded. To cross the tunnel with a tram used to take about two minutes. It takes just a little longer to do so rowing a boat.

A couple of days ago we posted about ‘Signal Tide — Two Passes,’ the audio mix derived from ‘Signal Tide.’ There’s also an accompanying interview, where we talked with Joel Ferree from the LACMA Art+Technology Lab about satellites, singing, sacredness, and space, for around a half an hour. It’s online here:


The two halves of the mix emulate the duration of two passes of the LES-1 satellite through the sky above Los Angeles — the original chronometer that structured the work. 📡 🛰

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‘Signal Tide — Two Passes’ is a 57-minute-long audio mix, in two halves. It is adapted from the score that structured ‘Signal Tide’ when it was presented in 2017. The mix uses music from the work, combined with sound derived from the radio signals of the LES-1 satellite. The music in the mix was recorded specially for the work.

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In 2016 and 2017, we spent quite a while chasing after an abandoned satellite, the LES-1, and working with accompanying music, sourced from sacred harp songs. The outcome, ‘Signal Tide,’ was presented at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in September 2017.

We wrote an account of ‘Remote Voices’ (one of the corona-lockdown interventions in ‘Minute/Year’ organised by Gabriela Gordillo last month at bb15 in Linz). The account has just been published by the Copenhagen Architecture Festival as part of their “corona essays” series of contemporary writing about covid-19 and the built environment. It’s online here, take a look: 🏠

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