Public Program:
Performances by Nautical Almanac and Stefan Tcherepnin, Two Artists in "Unmonumental: The Sound of Things
Date
February 14 2008
Description
Nautical Almanac is an experimental band that was founded in Michigan in 1994 by Carly Ptak and Twig Harper. They emerged from a Midwestern scene of noise outfits that transformed junk-from alarm clocks to toys-into homemade instruments. Ominous and intense, their music is made of driving rhythms that seem to move in several directions at once. This live set was accompanied by a light and video show driven by a biofeedback machine that captured and interpreted the performers' brain waves. Ptak and Harper live in Baltimore, where they founded Tarantula Hill, a home, performance space, and recording studio, which is also the headquarters of their label Heresee.

Stefan Tcherepnin is a New York-based composer and performer whose work incorporates elements of noise, indeterminacy, and improvisation, as well as aspects of traditional composition. Tcherepnin writes that he "thought of how (avant-garde composer) David Tudor would leave the radios and televisions on in his apartment while he was practicing piano," while he was composing Sweeping Noise, a piece that joins classical piano composition with the sound of static. A layered work produced by an old Steinway piano whose amplified sound is modulated with high- and low-pass filtered noise, Sweeping Noise, interlaces disparate frequencies into an elegant composition. A version of the piece was performed originally at Reena Spaulings Fine Art, New York.

Artists
Exhibition
Copyright
Courtesy the Artists and New Museum
Identifier
6497