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Published on Sep 29, 2012
Phantom Shakedown composed and performed by Annie Gosfield at the Moving Sounds Festival, NYC. Also available on the CD "Almost Truths and Open Deceptions" http://www.tzadik.com/index.php?catal... I performed Phantom Shakedown live on piano, accompanied by samples of detuned and prepared piano, a grinding cement mixer, the howl of a malfunctioning shortwave radio, and a mixed din of tube noise and other failing technologies. The piece is an audio snapshot of my odd sonic environment, and juxtaposes the wide mix of piano music that I have absorbed over the years, from John Cage to James Booker, along with some recently recorded off-kilter mechanical sounds. Phantom Shakedown is part of an ongoing series of compositions for solo acoustic instruments with electronics that I developed in close collaboration with individual musicians. Composed for my CD "Almost Truths and Open Deceptions", this is the first piece in the series that I perform myself.