rooms and no titles

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Four pieces of long duration. Two versions of two pieces. A reissue of Object Collection's first-ever audio release (originally released as mp3s burned on CDr in 2006).

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"L-shaped, not more than 7-feet high" is a sound installation based on interviews and audio recordings of our former living room in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in different states of occupation. The piece was installed at Podewil in Berlin, Germany in 2006 and again in Aarhus, Denmark at SPOR Festival in 2014.

Interviews were conducted with Avi Glickstein, Vanessa McDonnell, Jeremy Woodruff, Frank Eickhoff and Susanne Matsché about rooms they remembered from their past (below). Each interview contains silences of varying lengths (10", 30", 1', 2') that occur at predetermined points. The recordings were played back simultaneously, each on a separate device.

AG: the sanctuary from his father's (a rabbi) synagogue.
VM: the bedroom she had as a child.
JW: the living room from old friends of the family.
FE: a room in the basement of his old house.
SM: the apartment she rented in Moscow.

The two versions on this release were made by listening casually to the material and fading in and out interviews based on interest and boredom, simulating somewhat the experience of walking around the installation as audio playback-devices would become audible and recede.

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"no title: piano and piano" is the 25th Goldberg Variation (JS Bach) played extremely slowly, stretched over the course of about 80 minutes (or 2'30 per measure - no repeats) played simultaneously with Glenn Gould's 1981 recording of the same movement slowed down to the same length and run through various filters. It was recorded in 2002.

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"no title: piano and piano and piano" is the same as the above piece, but with two pianists, Brian Harnetty and Travis Just, playing the same part simultaneously on two old, extremely out-of-tune upright pianos with the processed Gould recording. It was recorded live in performance in 2004 at Kenyon College, Ohio.

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released August 28, 2016

voice - Avi Glickstein, Vanessa McDonnell, Jeremy Woodruff, Frank Eickhoff and Susanne Matsché
piano - Travis Just
piano - Brian Harnetty

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Object Collection New York

OBJECT COLLECTION was founded in 2004 by writer/director Kara Feely and composer/musician Travis Just. Based in Brooklyn, the group operates within the intersecting practices of performance, experimental music and theater. We are concerned with simultaneity, complexity, and radicality, combining dense layers of text, notation, objects and processes. We value accumulation above cohesion. ... more

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