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Experimental Composers



Clocktower is one of the few radio stations in the world supporting experimentations in music, and this is where you will find concerts and profiles with artists who explore the edges of genre and technique.

 

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Experimental Intermedia Concerts

A radio series of programs recorded at Experimental Intermedia Foundation (EI), the legendary, influential downtown New York loft venue, incubator, showcase, and community center for composers and experimenters in the arts, known for being first and best at presenting (and recording!) new music and new media since the 70s. The concert series is programmed and produced by composer Phill Niblock who has been directing presentations at Experimental Intermedia since 1973 (well over 1,000 performances) and he is the curator of EI's XI Records label. In 1993, he opened a satellite space with window gallery in Ghent, Belgium. For more on the concert series, recordings, archives, and other intermedia adventures of Phill Niblock around the globe visit the Experimental Intermedia Foundation site. This radio project is a partnership between Experimental Intermedia Foundation and The Clocktower Gallery and its radio station at ARTonAIR.org. The series is produced and managed with the generous efforts of Byron Westbrook.
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She Resonates

She Resonates is a series about advocacy through political action and sound, produced by Las Marías and Merche Blasco.
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Blank Forms

Blank Forms is a curatorial platform dedicated to the presentation and preservation of time-based performance practices, with emphasis on ephemeral practices that fall outside conventional institutional support systems and consequently risk remaining inaccessible, minimally documented and obscure. Through a variety of curatorial approaches, including public performances, online and print publishing, exhibitions, workshops, seminars and residencies, Blank Forms crafts a robust support structure for both the artist and the presentation of their work.
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Site : Sound, A Sonic Portrait

A sonic portrait of performances, site-specific lectures, and acousting happenings from series Site : Sound.
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Soft Series

Born from the collaborative partnership between composer-performers Melissa Grey and David Morneau, this program is an eclectic mix of emerging and experimental sounds recorded live from concerts held at NoMad loft in New York, NY.
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Experimental Composers

The object of this series is to invite emerging and established innovators to share their work. These programs are usually a combination of an interview with a far-reaching perspective on the artist's career, some recordings illustrating this history, and something new. Open territory. The unfortunate and unintended messages that come attached to a title like Experimental Composers are many. Still it is one of the few labels to come out of the world of music that has not been co-opted by promoters, corporations, journalists, or lawyers. This one just seems to have anti-market goo on it. Hooray. It's also just bad English (as if to imply that these poor souls are themselves, in their flesh and blood, some kind of experiment and, perhaps, even expendable). And then there is the spectre of defying the wisdom of the great Edgar Varèse who said something like, "I do not write experimental music. My experimenting is done before I make the music. Afterwards it is the listener who must experiment."
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CT::SWaM Broadband Echos

This show explores theories and approaches to spatial sound works, while also addressing the subjectivity of translating spatial works to the radio format. Episodes feature performances, discussions and artist interviews, highlighting recent and upcoming events in the CT::SWaM live event series. CT::SWaM [Contemporary Temporary Sound Works And Music] is an artist-run series that has been presenting performances and workshops in spaces such as Eyebeam’s former Chelsea location, Fridman Gallery, and The Knockdown Center in NYC, as well as Neu West Berlin in Berlin. The series, initiated by Daniel Neumann in 2012, focuses on spatial sound works, where the distribution and localization of sounds is a primary compositional parameter and a central feature for the listener. These works consider architectural, acoustical, and technological factors in exploring the complex and dynamic relationship between sound and space. The formats are open and include contemporary sound experiments, electro-acoustic multi-channel composition, improvisation, non-traditional performance configurations, lowercase artistic presence, and workshops – all of which diverge from a fixed perspective on audible space. The series presents and reflects on spatial sound works from CT::SWaM.
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Clocktower Exhibits & Events

The Clocktower Gallery was founded by the alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After a hiatus as a gallery space (after the Sept. 11, 2001 events nearby), the Clocktower Gallery reinaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of the newly founded Art International Radio (now Clocktower Productions). Clocktower Exhibits is home to interviews with and performances by its exhibitions' participating artists and curators over these many years.

For more Clocktower history, listen to The Clocktower Oral History Project, in which such figures as Vito Acconci, Bill Beirne, Colette, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Heilmann, Jene Highstein, Ann Magnuson, Richard Nonas and Joel Shapiro reflect upon their experiences with this unique New York space. Organized by artist Nancy Hwang for the Fall 2009 AVANT-GUIDE TO NYC: Discovering Absence exhibition at apexart. .
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HEARwHERE

Sound artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver take to the road to explore the manner in which one's sense of identity is sharpened by suspension of place during a voyage. Our sense of community in the world - whether as part of a neighborhood, a workplace, or an interest-based community - is built from familiar cues and interaction with sights, sounds, and other stimuli. On the road these cues are disconnected and one necessarily becomes a citizen of a wider world, the planet itself. Captured within these audio journeys are varying locales and places of connection and transition: airport lounges, walkways between buildings, and journeys between cities where a sense of place is fractured and re-arranged. Bradley and Weaver's audio collages feature narratives from a collection of cassette audio diaries, soundscapes, overheard music and snippets of conversation, all in service to the larger universal context that quietly envelops us all. Artists Fari Bradley and Chris Weaver collaborate across a variety of performance, sculpture, and media practices. They work with experimental music, radio, performance, and sculpture, and, in a world dominated by visual culture, investigate sound as a means to establish and question new sets of social relations between subjects and space.
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Harvestworks Radio

Harvestworks' mission is to present experimental artworks created in collaboration with its Technology, Engineering, Art and Music (TEAM) Lab. The Harvestworks T.E.A.M. Lab supports the creation of art works achieved through the use of new and evolving technologies and provides an environment for experimentation with project consultants, technicians, instructors and innovative practitioners in all branches of the electronic arts. Founded as a not-for-profit organization by artists in 1977, Harvestworks has helped a generation of artists create new works using technology. Harvestworks studios and offices are located at 596 Broadway, #602, New York, NY 10012. Phone: 212-431-1130. The website is www.harvestworks.org.
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Expandable Sound

Expandable Sound is a series of musical portraits exploring how knowledge is created and shared in jazz and improvised music.
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SHOWS

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FOAM Interviews: Matthew Porter
Touria El Glaoui
Charles Lane and Marc Marder, Sidewalk Stories
Lukas Ligeti
The Caravan Stage Theatre Company
Ruth Kahn, Outpost
Cities Are Natural (Composition Three), Melissa F. Clarke
Gravesend + JMC Aggregate
Jen Ray, Deep Cuts
Dubai to Tunis: In Time, Across Land
Found Sound Nation: The Westerlies, Zula, and Brandon Seabrook
Second Sundays: Rob Curto’s Pé De Serra All-Stars and Innove Gnawa Band
Robert Ashley, Quicksand
Tetraphonics: Lea Bertucci's Quadraphonic Cello
The Great San Bernardino Birthday Party
Calling on the New Gods
Yarn / Wire
Erewhon Calling
L'Expérience Acoustique with François J. Bonnet
Piano Jouet Live
Photon Ecstasy Recorded Live
Li Daiguo, Che Chen and David Watson
The Far Becomes Near: When Iron Speaks
The Henning Christiansen Trilogy, Pt.1
The Henning Christiansen Trilogy, Pt.2
The Confidential Briefing
She Resonates Teaser
Duo Marie with the Bowers-Fader Duo
Maryanne Amacher's Petra
Jean Luc Guionnet
Norbert Rodenkirchen, Robbie Lee, and James Ilgenfritz
Unionizing Babeland / Cecilia Lopez
Subterranean Networks
Prismatic Park: Matana Roberts
Folk Geometry
Listening on the Move
Beachside Happening Pt.1 : Sarah Heinnes
Beachside Happening Pt.2 : Julia Santoli and Lea Bertucci
Beachside Happening Pt.3 : GABI with Mara Mayer and Marilu Donovan
Virtual Sounds : Anne Guthrie
Prismatic Park Series, Lea Bertucci
Henning Christiansen Trilogy, Pt.3
Season 2, Ep.5 : Christy Gast, Contested Landscapes
Anechoic Sounds : Lori Napoleon (Antenes)
Ánde Somby
Bill Frisell, The Infinite Forest
Knockdown Center : Eli Keszler
Knockdown Center : Stine Motland
Knockdown Center : TILT Brass
Knockdown Center : Lea Bertucci
Knockdown Center : Ashcan Orchestra
Pearl Robinson, Climate Justice / Anaïs Maviel
Pearl Robinson, Climate Justice / Anais Maviel
Tim Berne, Blue Collar Composer
Roscoe Mitchell & Scott Robinson in Conversation
Lea Bertucci, Double Bass Crossfade
Proofreaders
Seth Cluett: Rock, Paper, Zither
Marina Rosenfeld Deployed
Karachistan
Pauline Oliveros, Along the Way
Pheeroan akLaff, Meditation with Quest
Tetraphonics: Hubble (Ben Greenberg)