Primary Instrument: Guitar
Damian Catera is an electro-acoustic composer/guitarist, sound installation creator and media artist. Catera's work reflects interests in sound-based composition/ improvisation, transmission, and socio- political critique. Recently he's been performing improvised deCompositions for live electronics, radio, and guitar. Catera's deCompositional process consists of an expanded instrument system, which samples and probabilistically processes live sound with algorithms, which he wrote in the MAX/ MSP programming environment. The end product is a constantly evolving, machine-improvised soundscape that is distinct in each implementation. Catera's sound installations reflect his interest in site-specific sound manipulation and surveillance, which he achieves with software also written in the MAX/ MSP programming environment.
Catera has performed improvised solo guitar/ radio/ computer-based pieces abroad and in the U.S. including New York venues the Knitting Factory, the Kitchen, and The Cooler among many others. He has also performed in the Czech Republic, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. In March of 2000 he performed in the La Primavera en Habana festival in Cuba. During the spring of 1999, Catera toured the United States with Japanese sound artist and Zeni Geva guitarist K.K. Null.
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