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Pat Spadine & the Ashcan Orchestra

Ashcan Orchestra represents the audio and visual explorations of P. Spadine, using the tools of cassette tape, video feedback, mountains of televisions, hand bells, musical saw, and violin. The Orchestra visits the Clocktower Gallery just before the beginning of their 2012 residency to perform two compositions live in the studio. The recording also features an interview between P. Spadine and Joe Ahearn, the Clocktower Gallery's Curator of Performance and Installation, that sheds light on the origins of this project and how the monks in the middle ages used bell towers and repetition to play drinking games across great distances. It also features a reading of the prologue from Apollo's Accidental Answer, Ashcan Orchestra's opera which debuts at The Clocktower Gallery on September 12, 13, and 14th 2012.


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.