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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.


Clocktower Exhibits & Events


Clocktower Exhibits & Events is home to an archive of interviews with artists, curators, musicians, organizers, and more who have participated in Clocktower exhibitions and events throughout our organization’s history.

Many of the below recordings were documented while Clocktower was in the midst of a transformation. The original name, The Clocktower Gallery, was given to the exhibition, residency, and performance space in TriBeCa, founded by alternative spaces movement pioneer Alanna Heiss in 1972. After 2001, the Clocktower Gallery re-inaugurated its exhibition programming in 2005 as part of MoMA/PS1 and, after 2008, under the auspices of Art International Radio. In 2013, we moved on from our downtown Manhattan location, and have since renamed the organization Clocktower Productions, a title which encompasses our radio, exhibition, and event programming.

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.

NB: Clocktower Radio was launched by MoMA/PS1 in 2004 as the Web's first art radio station. It has been independent since 2009 and is licensed to host content created under PS1 management. Programs produced prior to 2011 may refer to our earlier URLs and station IDs, including,, and Art International Radio. For the complete history of Clocktower Radio, read our Mission & History section. 


Knockdown Center Radio Channel


A series highlighting lectures and presentations on social and cultural issues produced by Knockdown Center, and made available here in partnership with Clocktower Radio.