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Hess Is More & Listening Center (Live)

Drummer/electronic musician Listening Center (David Mason) opened the closing celebration for Shoplifter's 2012 Nervescape installation at the Clocktower Gallery, followed by Hess Is More (led by Mikkel Hess). Recorded live on November 8, 2012 in our upper gallery. Listeners can use the fast forward feature in the player to select between sets.

Mikkel Hess is a Danish musician and composer, whose primary instrument is the drums. However, Hess always brings with him a variety of musicians to add to his sound, including xylophonists, sax players, synthesizers and more - all of which can be heard here.

Listening Center draws his inspiration from a melange of influences, including the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, lost film/TV soundtracks and Kosmische Musik. Featuring "dream-like melodies and electronic sound palettes," Listening Center's music is at once a reassuring, yet unsettling experience.


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. .