It could very well be that the idea of percussion instruments illustrates a limitless realm of possibilities. You can use almost anything as a percussion instrument. However, local composer Nick Hennies decided to challenge any notions of percussion and its many roles in music with his latest work, CLOTS, an installation piece created in collaboration with sound designer Sean O’Neill and architect Clay Odom.
CLOTS, an expansive and interactive multi-media work, presents an experience not restricted to the boundaries defining a traditional “musical” performance. Hennies is the primary live performer of the piece, but audiences are invited to contribute to and interact with it at any given time, in essence making the outcomes and possibilities of the piece limitless.
Oftentimes, an experimental work in a similar vein may place emphasis upon unconventional sounds created in unusual ways. Hennies wanted to work with what would commonly be considered as conventional instrumentation, but doing so to explore any extraordinary tones, textures, timbres or vibes that might go unnoticed in other settings. It is a discovery of the unfamiliar within the familiar, with the performance space as a vital part of the experience.
You can experience the CLOTS installation at The Museum of Human Achievement, located at Springdale and Lyons Rds. in East Austin. Performances are happening throughout the week, including solo and duo sets with guests Brent Farissa today; Rick Reed tomorrow; and Tim Feeney on Thursday. The final closing show is scheduled for Saturday. Recommended.