[Oct 2 – Oct 31] Periodicity Piece #10 (Island Time) by Dan Joseph

Periodicity Piece #10 (Island Time) is a new mixed-media, multi-channel sound installation. Informed by early minimalism, acoustic ecology, deep listening and ambient music, Periodicity Piece #10 combines a diverse collection of sounds into a slowly changing sonic ecosystem. Drawing on the unique Governor’s Island setting, the work offers a unique, site-specific listening experience that both engages the listener’s attention while also allowing for contemplation and a broader form of listening. 

•      DATES: Oct 2 – Oct 31 2021. Weekends and by appointment through October 31, 2021
•      PERFORMANCE: Saturday  Performance Oct. 30, 2021  at 3 pm.
•      RUN TIME OF PERFORMANCE: 55 minutes
•      LOCATION: The Workings of Media [art and artists] at the Harvestworks Art and Technology House. Building 10a, Nolan Park, Governors Island

Periodicity Piece #10 (Island Time) is a mixed-media, multi-channel sound installation created for Harvestworks’ exhibition space in Nolan Park, Governor’s Island. Influenced by early minimalism, acoustic ecology, deep listening and ambient music, Periodicity Piece #10 combines a diverse collection of sounds into a slowly changing sonic ecosystem. Building on prior works in the Periodicity Piece series, the goal of the work is to establish multiple rates of periodicity, ranging from short musically metrical repetitions, to longer patterns of recurrence. The resulting experience of these simultaneously unfolding rates of periodicity, is to give the listener a rich and complex sense of passing time on multiple planes. 

The unique Governor’s Island setting, with its proximity to the elements and relative remove from the bustle of the city, informs both the choice of sonic materials as well as the arrangements of speakers and mix. Field recordings, bird songs, machine sounds, abstract noises, spoken words, musical notes and phrases, and various other sound materials are all combined together into this imaginary soundscape.The result is a unique, site-specific listening experience, a kind of augmented soundscape, or sonic portal, that can engage the attention of the audience while also allowing for contemplation and a broader form of listening. 

Additionally, a performance will be given at the Governor’s Island site on October 10, 2021 during the period of exhibition, and will include guest musicians playing additional parts within the installation

•       BIOS

Dan Joseph is a free-lance composer, curator and writer based in New York City. He began his career as a drummer in the vibrant punk scene of his native Washington, DC. During the late 1980s, he was active in the experimental tape music underground, producing ambient-industrial works for independent labels in the U.S. and abroad. He spent the ‘90s in California where he studied at CalArts and Mills College. His principal teachers include Pauline Oliveros, Alvin Curran and Mel Powell. Equally influential were his studies with Terry Riley during several workshops in California and Colorado.

A New York resident since 2001, Dan’s work has been presented at Merkin Concert Hall (NYC), Diapason Gallery for Sound (NYC), Roulette (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC) The Kitchen (NYC) Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (CA), Human Resources (CA), Harrison House (CA) and other venues. He has received commissions from several ensembles and performers, including Gamelan Son of Lion, the sfSoundGroup, baritone Thomas Buckner, and clarinetist Matt Ingalls. Dan has held residencies at Headlands Center for the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Harvestworks Digital Media Arts Center.

As an artist who embraces the musical multiplicity of our time, Dan works simultaneously in a variety of media and contexts, including instrumental chamber music, free improvisation, and various forms of electronica and sound art. Since the late 1990s, the hammer dulcimer has been the primary vehicle for his music. As a performer he is active with his own chamber ensemble, The Dan Joseph Ensemble, as well as in various improvisational collaborations and as an occasional soloist. He has collaborated with a variety of creative artists including Miya Masaoka, Pamela Z, Loren Dempster, JD Parran, India Cooke, Andrea Williams, William Winant and Miguel Frasconi and John Ingle.

As curator and presenter, he has organized over 100 concerts as an independent producer and as a member of organizations such as Harvestworks, Mutable Music (producers of the acclaimed Interpretations series) and the San Francisco Electronic Music Festival. He currently produces the monthly music and sound series Musical Ecologies at The Old Stone House in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and is a co-producer of the Music for Contemplation series in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

His writings on various music related topics have appeared in Musicworks Magazine (Toronto), The Brooklyn Rail, NewMusicBox.org and other outlets.


“A major player on the New York new-music scene.” 
Time Out New York

“…Electroacoustic Works is…imbued with a thoughtful austerity never eschewing beauty.” 
A Closer Listen

“…Joseph has been a tireless participant on the New York scene since his arrival in 2001, and is another creator who goes about his business without dabbling in business.” 
Brooklyn Rail





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