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Escape Velocity

by Clocks in Motion

Experience new music, new sounds and new instruments with this debut album featuring five works that push the boundaries of music.
Genre: Avant Garde: Experimental
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1. Gravity
10:37 $1.29
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2. At Loose Ends
14:19 $1.29
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3. Duplum
10:50 $1.29
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4. Allhallows I: Prelude
7:56 $1.29
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5. Allhallows II: Witness
8:40 $1.29
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6. Allhallows III: Nocturne
3:00 $1.29
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7. Percussion Quartet I (Eighth Note) [72bpm]
11:38 $1.29
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8. Percussion Quartet II (Leggiero)
7:38 $1.29
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“Escape velocity” describes the speed needed for an object or body to escape the orbit of a planet or other massive body. It is a bold title for this debut recording by Clocks in Motion, promising unusually imaginative repertoire choices  and exceptionally mature playing from this young ensemble. It also begs the question of what, as the fruit of Clocks in Motion's collective artistic labor, this album is an escape from. The title seeks not to isolate Clocks in Motion from other touring and recording percussion ensembles, but rather to describe a relationships with the orbit of contemporary percussion. When an object escapes a particular orbit, it takes something of that orbit with it. Likewise, an ensemble which seeks to escape the musical orbit within which it developed will bear some sonic resemblance to that orbit while also forging its own sound. As the title of this album, therefore, “Escape Velocity” conveys something of an ambivalence towards what the orbit of contemporary percussion has sounded like and hope for what it might sound like in the future.

Those who have had the good fortune to hear Clocks in Motion live over the past three years might have anticipated such a title, given the ensemble's consistently fresh treatment of standard repertoire, dedication to performing seldom played works and generosity in commissioning new works from composers living locally and throughout the United States. “Escape Velocity” features works by Marc Mellits, Herbert Brün, Filippo Santoro, John Jeffrey Gibbens, and Charles Wuorinen and documents, however incompletely, the range of styles that define Clocks in Motion's  young but promising life as an ensemble. As a showcase of some of the cornerstone works within Clocks in Motion's repertoire, the album  testifies to the kind of musical versatility that has fueled the ensemble's trajectory from  a group known mostly locally to a regional and increasingly national phenomenon.

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