Anastasia Clarke

electronic arts, music, and performance

Crushed Matrices (2017–ongoing)



Crushed Matrices is a serial composition that explores sonic atmospheres using crystal singing bowls, the shards of broken crystal singing bowls, and electronics.

Crushed Matrices #1
live electroacoustic performance at Mills College
Oakland, CA, 2017

Crushed Matrices #2
recorded work
Oakland, CA, 2017

Crushed Matrices #3
Live performance at Mills College
Oakland, CA, 2018

Crushed Matrices #4
live bowl-breaking ritual at Mills College Greek Amphitheater
Oakland, CA, 2018
duo performance: Anastasia Clarke - broken bowls, Sally Decker - droning on intact bowls

(For this version of the work, I was preparing to move across the country and felt I had to “finish” breaking apart some of the larger pieces of the broken bowls I’d used in previous iterations of the work, in order to efficiently ship them via Amtrak. I did not feel able to do this without some degree of ceremony, so organized a final performance at Mills.)

Crushed Matrices #5
live electroacoustic performance
Hudson, NY, 2019
duo performance: Anastasia Clarke - electronics; Blue - shards

(This version was created for Basilica Hudson’s annual 24-Hour Drone event.
Anastasia’s electronics were set up in center of room. Blue dragged shards around the performance space attaching them to their body to yield bell-like drones that seemed to fling ’round the space in spatial surround. We were joined by morning birds.)

Crushed Matrices #6
live electroacoustic performance at Old Stone House Musical Ecologies Series
Brooklyn, NY, 2019



Photo: Richard Lovrich


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