Savages have shared a striking new video for their song “I Am Here.” The cryptic video uses what is called Alvin Lucier’s “I Am Sitting in a Room” technique. According to Pitchfork, in 1969, Lucier recorded himself reading a text titled “I Am Sitting in a Room”. Then, he played the recording back in the room and recorded the result. He repeated this process several times until the vocals were rendered unrecognizable. This same technique has been applied to this new Savages’ video for “I Am Here”.
Statement from Savages:
“It was very much an experiment. This process had never been tried with a song before so we had no idea what to expect. We divided the process in two days: one for recording the band, one for recording the room the next day. Gemma Thompson and Johnny Hostile (who co-produced the Savages first album) sat in the basement all afternoon while the song was being played and recorded in the room 10 times in total, witnessing the slow disintegration of the song until it became really abstract, each instruments merging into the cacophony of this new orchestral autonomous ensemble.”
Watch below the new music video: Savages “I Am Here” and let us know your thoughts in a comment below!
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