by Michael Gordon

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bær the ideal polyrhythmic vehicle for trancing in and out of reality. Favorite track: Timber Part V.
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Physical copies of Timber have been packaged in special wooden boxes. Cut to near standard CD size in length and width, but made out of medium-density fibreboard an inch thick, each weighs approximately one pound. Download pictures HERE.

Michael Gordon's new work, Timber, is scored for six wooden 2x4s, each cut into different sizes, giving each one a slightly different pitch. Called a "simantra", this percussion instrument was first devised by composer Iannis Xenakis. Far from a gimmick, the instrumentation allows Gordon to create the impression that the sound is traveling around and through the room by subtly shifting the accent of sound from one player to another. The result is a meditation on sound and rhythm, bringing the physicality, endurance and technique of percussion performance to a new level.

Timber had its world premiere on June 16, 2011 at Korzo Theatre in Den Haag, The Netherlands, with the Dutch percussion group Slagwerk Den Haag performing. Since its founding in 1977, Slagwerk Den Haag (The Hague Percussion) have focused on performing and developing contemporary percussion music in its most diverse forms. On October 14, New York City's Mantra Percussion gave the US premiere of Timber at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Hailed by The New York Times as "finely polished...a fresh source of energy," Mantra Percussion is committed to substantially expanding the future of percussion by commissioning new, significant works for six or more percussionists by established and emerging composers. During the month of October, Mantra Percussion will tour the work both nationally and in Canada. Full tour schedule below.


released August 30, 2011

Composed by Michael Gordon
Performed by Slagwerk den Haag


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Cantaloupe Music is the record label created by the three founders of New York's legendary Bang on a Can organization—composers Michael Gordon, David Lang and Julia Wolfe—with Bang on a Can managing director Kenny Savelson. Cantaloupe Music has made a massive impact in the contemporary music community, and has been recognized by critics and fans worldwide for its edgy and adventurous sounds. ... more

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