"Clifton Gates," performed by Timothy Andres

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CLIFTON GATES by Jacob Cooper Written for and performed by Timothy Andres, piano (photo by Jonathan Waiter)

The first piece I ever heard Timo Andres perform—on an overnight concert in 2006—was John Adams’s Phrygian Gates. Adams named his composition after the sudden shifts of “gates” in electronics (and electronic music), which provided inspiration for the work’s abrupt modulation of keys. Clifton Gates employs—among other digital effects—actual audio gates, creating a rhythmic alteration out of sudden shifts in amplitude. The gating effect is especially audible as the work begins, processing music whose tonality and texture are reminiscent of the slow middle section of Adam’s piece.

Clifton Gates was workshopped in Timo’s apartment on Clifton Place in Brooklyn, NY.


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