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New Release on Praxis Classics

PRX-002 -Baroque Treasures
Computer Mediated DeCompositions

by Damian Catera

Catera returns with the latest installment in his series of radical reinterpretations of baroque music. On this album, compositions by Handel, Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Albinoni are used as source material for Catera's signature "decompositional" approach, where the original works are profoundly transformed into new soundscapes through the use of improvisation, digital sampling and randomization algorithms written by Catera. The resulting soundscapes are an alluring combination of textures that are true to the original instruments while simultaneously expanding upon them. Once again, Catera draws the listener into his mission of bringing chaos to classical!

 

 

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 and exhibited sound installations in such venues as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Cheslea Art Museum in New York City. As a collaborator, Damian has performed at the Whitney Biennial, The National Gallery in Prague, The Walker Center and The Hayden Planetarium. In 2013, he exhibited a sound and media installation revolving around Mozart's Magic Flute at Outlet Fine Arts in Brooklyn.

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 the recipient of a 2008 Fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  For more info go to catera.net