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Nate Wooley, Gabrieli Mix



For this performance, Wooley developed antiphonal music works from the model of Giovanni Gabrieli's polychoral style. Wooley incorporated an eight channel set up at Knockdown Center to create two slowly twisting and disintegrating brass choirs; each in themselves becoming less and less recognizable and consonant. The result was an acoustic mix of decaying consonance. Live trumpets (with guest Peter Evans) provided a dissonant underpinning by adding a third improvising choir.

Nate Wooley is an idiosyncratic trumpet player, prominent in the burgeoning Brooklyn jazz, improv, noise, and new music scenes. His work combines vocalization, extreme extended technique, noise and drone aesthetics, amplification and feedback, and compositional rigor that border on “exquisitely hostile” sound.

Recorded live during AUDITORIUM, an extended evening of site-specific electronic and electroacoustic performances organized by artists/curators Lea Bertucci and Tristan Shepherd and co-presented by Clocktower and Knockdown Center on April 12, 2015. The focal point for the event was a custom-installed 10-channel sound system hung throughout Knockdown Center's cathedral-like space . The project commissioned new works from composers, instrumentalists, and audio artists to develop works uniquely suited to the site.
 

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