There's something primeval about guys banging on wood. But the New York percussion group Mantra takes such primitive pounding to a surprisingly refined level. For composer Michael Gordon's mesmerizing new work — Timber, written for six two-by-fours — Mantra set up a public performance of the piece in the lumber department of a big-box hardware store in Alexandria, Va. Who knew 60 inches of processed pine could sound so good?

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Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Dena Trugman, Tom Huizenga
Audio Engineer: Kevin Wait
Additional Videography: Mike Katzif
Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins

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