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This piece was a continuous 56-minute performance constructed and conducted by Frank Gratkowski in collaboration with Micro-East Collective on 10 October 2001. It was recorded by Chris Stamey and Tim Harper at Go! Studios (Carrboro, NC) using a Decca tree M/S microphone array, along with spot mics and directs, then mixed and mastered by Chris Stamey at Modern Recording (Chapel Hill, NC). Some sections were composed by Frank Gratkowski, while others were rule sets proposed by members of Micro-East Collective or improvised by improvising "cells" within the ensemble. The ensemble was divided into three "cells," each of which were instructed to provide an individual performance within the overall flow of the piece. These "cells" were arranged to the left, center and right of the stage as Mr. Gratkowski faced them (and as the microphones have imaged the performance).


released October 10, 2001


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Micro-East Collective

Micro-East Collective was a large (usually 20 musicians) improvising (usually working from a rule set) ensemble based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. It performed and recorded between summer 1999 and about 2004. The music focuses on timbre and timbral changes rather than on explicit rhythms, melodies and/or harmonies. ... more

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