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Foreign Objects

by Clocked Out

Prepared piano, percussion, found objects, and toy instruments merge to create an intricate, absorbing sound world. Musically adventurous and playful, Clocked Out use polyrhythms and microtonality to weave a sumptuously textured musical fabric.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Foreign objects
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2. A slow boat to China
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3. Stick this
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4. Toy Feldman
2:03 $0.99
5. Paniculata
3:34 $0.99
6. Lavendar mist
10:27 $0.99
7. Tiny dancer
1:59 $0.99
8. Hold me closer
2:59 $0.99
9. Popsuvius
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10. Moleculitis
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11. Bottles to bottles
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12. Rainbows in the dark
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Album Notes
Chris Reid, RealTime Arts:
"an absorbing and satisfying composition—a detailed orchestration of percussive and resonant sounds"

Review of the live version in Resonate Magazine, by Janet Mackay:
"...Clocked Out Duo, Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion) and Erik Griswold (prepared piano, misc. instruments) weave a refined fabric of sound that can be, at any moment, delicate, energetic, playful, or sensitive...

The evening was a kaleidoscopic exploration of timbre, texture and rhythmic interplay. Even Griswold’s choice of shirt – whether intentional or not – was a subtle and somewhat cheeky extension of the theme of patterns on which the program was based. Three sets of musical miniatures – Foreign Objects, Water Feature and Toy Feldman – became the musical threads through which the two stand-alone pieces (Rainbows in the Dark, Blue Poles) were woven. An assortment of toy instruments, various items of crockery, tiles, bowls and one seemingly stray plastic bag were strewn across the stage area – typically mundane objects which sprang to life and were transformed into intricate musical twinklings throughout the night.

Griswold’s prepared piano featured in the Foreign Objects sets, alongside Tomlinson’s array of conventional and unconventional percussion. The rhythmic interplay was tightly wound but remained organic throughout. I enjoyed the prepared piano in this context in particular, as it blended so beautifully with the percussion. Griswold explored the instrument fully, from single key strikes to complex combinations. Several times his hands would literally massage the keyboard up and down, creating an almost hypnotic swirling effect.

Toy Feldman brought the two performers to the front of the stage amongst toy pianos, music boxes and melodicas. I was struck by the unpretentiousness of these works – by using instruments that aren’t usually considered ‘serious’ or ‘professional’ the duo proved that beautiful music is something that is created internally, and the medium through which it’s brought to life can be of little importance. Of particular beauty was the use of several music boxes – though they had been ‘prepared’, as well, by removing pins. A few musicians, sitting around me in the audience, were frantically trying to figure out what the original tunes would have been, while I was happy to let them be simply ‘almost-familiar’.

Lavender Mist was the most visually striking work of the evening. Using a pair of ropes tied around the front leg of the piano, Tomlinson literally whipped her way across, between and through five trajectories of objects (ceramic, metallic, china, wooden and plastic), with Griswold responding on prepared piano. From relaxed flops to highly charged frenzies, the ropes tickled and tested the objects, sometimes in combination, at other times in isolation. The plastic bag entered and exited the ropes, tangling and untangling itself with the resulting gusts of air, and Tomlinson deftly retrieved it from seemingly impossible locations (at one point I thought it was lost forever under the piano stool). Because of the strong visual element, I did find myself shutting my eyes occasionally to take in the purely musical aspects, and was equally impressed and delighted at the smatterings of sound I received as a result.

Clocked Out Duo continue to explore and embrace the boundaries of musical performance in a light-hearted and down-to-earth way. Their eclectic programming is always sure to bring smiles of joy and gasps of amazement in equal measure, and this evening was no exception."



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