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Joe Ahearn, Curator, is an explorer of the interdependence between lifestyle, community, and arts practice. Since 2008 he has been a resident curator of the Brooklyn/Queens performance and arts collective Silent Barn, a leading voice in the new national network of music spaces. Ahearn spent six years as the Managing Director of Showpaper, a non-profit, bi-weekly arts and music newsprint. Ahearn is a frequent participant on panels and public programs focusing on the "DIY" phenomenon. He is also expert in inter-organizational, multi-disciplinary, and collaborative cultural events based in unusual locations throughout the city.

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Peter Edwards: Casperelectronics

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Experimental Composers

Last Days! Artist/inventor/designer Peter Edwards discusses his Casperelectronics creative technology venture and his DroneScape installation at the Clocktower with curator Joe Ahearn. The exhibition closes September 28, 2012.

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Pat Spadine & the Ashcan Orchestra

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

Just before their 2012 residency P. Spadine's Ashcan Orchestra performs two compositions live in the studio and Spadine shares the origins of his audio and visual explorations with the Clocktower's Curator of Performance and Installation Joe Ahearn.

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Moms & Monterrey

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Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich

According to legend, one of the biggest obstacles in Todd P's first foray in Monterrey's music scene (a festival called MtyMx) was bands' moms who, citing regional drug lord violence, convinced some headliners to cancel. Stories, live sets, and more.

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RAFT: The Stranger

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

The Stranger is Pat Noecker aka RAFT who takes the form of his character from Mike Anderson/Javelin's 2011-12 Canyon Candy film and Clocktower installation and filled the space with music that echoed the installation's transformative power.

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The Leonard Cohen of Sandwiches

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Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich

For his birthday, Joe and Ginny spent the day lounging about his new digs at Dead Herring, the clown house Joe had recently moved into, sipping mimosas out of big skull goblets and layering songs into the perfect Leonard Cohen of sandwiches.

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Javelin, The Interview

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Emerging Underground

Joe Ahearn catches up with Javelin, the musical duo consisting of George Langford and Tom Van Buskirk to reveal how the Clocktower's current installation came to life and brought New Yorkers an environment they rarely get to experience.

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Taraka Larson, The Now Age

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

A multimedia dissection of contemporary conceptions of time in the context of music and its relationship to symbology, particularly in the transference from metaphor to kitsch, from the creators of Prince Rama, plus a panel hosted by Jon Kessler.

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Taco Truck Torta

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Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich

Like all post-party journeys down the block, for that thing the crowd just couldn't fulfill, Benson and Ahearn took this mixtape on the road, taking up residence in guest chefs G Lucas Crane and Pam Finch's digs in Troy, NY. A memorable, tasty snack.

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Bacon, Egg & Cheese

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Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich

A basic breakfast breakdown of Joe & Ginny's favorite layers of musical junk food: mix tape staples like Dan Deacon, Best Friends Forever, and Future Islands that have been cultured and aged in the cheese caves for months, but there's also sweets...

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Pesto Manifesto

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Joe & Ginny's Jam Sandwich

The first segment of a new series in which our hosts aim to show how the practice of The Manifesto (an outdated 20th Century practice perhaps) lives on in the lyrics of contemporary music, given a voice through the lyrics of today’s front men.

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Javelin Cowboy Music

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

The musicians created this mix of vinyl and sadly forgotten magic music of the old west in this collection of tracks from Legends Of The West, Montana Slim, Johnny Cash and others as the radio component of their Clocktower Canyon Candy exhibit.

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Diamond Terrifier

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

Diamond Terrifier (the solo manifestation of saxophonist Sam Hillmer of the band ZS) builds drones into textures and roaring torrents of processed sound and audio artifacts in the echoey tower of our upper gallery on a pretty December day in 2011.

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Kazue Kobata on Performance

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Clocktower Interviews

Curators Alanna Heiss and Joe Ahearn host the insightful and provocative curator, producer, and professor from Tokyo, Kazue Kobata. The discussion revolves around the state of the performing arts and their relation to performance art.

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Neon Marshmallow: C. Spencer Yeh and Zarzutzki

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

In 2011 the Chicago-based Neon Marshmallow produced a concert of extreme and experimental music at the Clocktower with vocalist/violinist C. Spencer Yeh and electronics improviser Zarzutzki, in solo and duo combinations.

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So Percussion, It Is Time

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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

The percussion ensemble So Percusion performs composer Steven Mackey's piece, It Is Time, from their 2011 Cantaloupe Records release. The quartet celebrated the new recording with a performance and reception at the Clocktower Gallery.

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