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Gamelatron: Clock Mode



A recording of the sounds from the Gamelatron Jalan Jiwo, a robotic, self-playing Gamelan hybrid, composed by artist A Taylor Kuffner as a site-specific installation for the Clocktower.

Erected in 2012, Kuffner's installation in the Clocktower's main gallery included some forty instruments manufactured in Bali, including vibraphones, drums, chimes, bells, and resonating bronze gongs, installed on the walls and columns of the space. Visitors were invited to select from a menu of compositions ranging from contemplative to ritualistic orchestrations. When the pieces concluded, or when no visitors were present, the Gamelatron settled into a passive state, referred to as Clock Modeby Kuffner, which played day and night for months. At no time did the installation go totally silent. Clock Mode is a one hour cycle, extremely spare and mysteriously stimulating. The following recording is of that hour, formatted to run for 24 hours.
 

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