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New Release on Praxis Classics

PRX-001 J.S. Bach-The Well Tempered Clavier Book 1
A Computer Mediated DeComposition

by Damian Catera

Damian Catera uses his tools of digital alchemy to convert 18th century baroque music into something completely new and exciting! His version of Bach’s classic collection of keyboard works represents a radical application of contemporary random based practices to these iconic tonal harmonic pieces. The end product is an alluring soundscape of uncompromising intensity kicked out into 5 pieces. Bach as you’ve never heard before.

Catera writes randomization algorithms that cut up and transform appropriated pieces of sound. In the past he has recorded and performed with live radios as instruments, which were mangled with his “decompositional” process. Now he turns his attention to the work of Bach and other traditional western composers for his first album release in 7 years. This album is a natural outgrowth of a body of work including sound installations, print editions , video installations and performances, presented in gallery and museum exhibits during the last 5 years.  album artwork + liner notes>>

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Damian Catera is an interdisciplinary sound and media artist, electroacoustic composer and improviser. Catera's work reflects interests in critical analysis, experimental composition/ improvisation and transmission. He has toured and exhibited his work the US, Europe and Asia. His primary mission as an artist is to blur disciplinary boundaries often utilizing appropriated material and algorithmic processing.

In recent years, Catera has performed solo improvised “decompositions” using computer manipulated live radios as instrumentation in such venues as the New Museum of Contemporary Art and The Kitchen in New York City , the ZKM institute in Germany and the Institute for Contemporary Art in Prague. As a collaborator, Damian has performed at the National Gallery in Prague, The Walker Center and The Adler Planetarium. Catera has exhibited sound installations and video pieces in a variety of forums including The Chelsea Museum, Art in General, ICMC ’96 in Hong Kong and MediaForum 2003 in Moscow.

Damian holds and MFA in Electronic Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BA in Political Science from Siena College. He also studied Electroacoustic Composition at Les Atelier UPIC, the Paris-based institute founded by composer Iannis Xenakis. He is represented by the Hogar Collection Gallery in Brooklyn, NY and is the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  For more info go to catera.net