Time Crystals

Time Crystals

Audible crystalography
Vanessa Tomlinson
Erik Griswold
Vanessa Tomlinson
Erik Griswold
Catalog Number: 
new classical
new music
music for dance

Brisbane, Australia

Release Date: 
Jan 27, 2015
Liner Notes: 
1 CD
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Song TitleTimePrice
1.Time Crystals03:42$0.99
3.Ambient Pressure05:16$0.99
4.Diamond Mechanics03:08$0.99
5.Glassy Matter04:09$0.99
6.Crystal Symmetry05:25$0.99
7.Quantum Harmonics03:45$0.99
8.Strange Sapphire04:15$0.99
9.Frozen Time03:36$0.99
10.Interstitial Defect02:53$0.99
11.X-Ray Diffraction03:12$0.99
12.Quartz Quarks02:57$0.99
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Inspired by a 2012 article by Nobel-winning physicist Frank Wilczek about the idea of perpetually moving, multi-dimensional structures, Time Crystals by Brisbane’s Clocked Out Duo (Erik Griswold and Vanessa Tomlinson) transmutes the principles of hard science into felt structures of sound.

“We’re taking the idea of crystal shapes, angles and lattice structures that we can visualize and transferring that to sound design,” says Griswold. The duo explores ways to apply the ideas of perpetual motion, pattern and crystalline structures to musical forms, in the process creating music that is minimalist at heart but also rich and beautiful in execution. Recalling everything from Steve Reich to Balinese Gamelan music, Time Crystals is grounded in prepared piano played by Griswold and toy piano plus a variety of percussion played by Tomlinson.

Composer-pianist Erik Griswold fuses experimental, jazz and world music traditions to create works of striking originality. Specializing in prepared piano, percussion and toy instruments, he has created a musical universe all his own that is "sincere" (neural.it), "playful" (igloo magazine), "colourful and refreshingly unpretentious" (Paris Transatlantic).

Percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation and composition. She has performed at festivals around the world such as Wien Modern, London Jazz Festival, Green Umbrella Series LA, Bang-on-a-Can Marathon NY, The Adelaide Festival of Arts and Shanghai Festival. She is the recipient of 2 Green Room Awards, the 2011 APRA/AMC Award for Excellence by an organization or individual, and has been awarded artist residencies through Asialink (University of Melbourne), Civitella Ranieri (NY/Italy), Banff (Canada) and Bundanon (NSW).



“Listeners to this delightful collection of miniatures will sense the unfurling of patterns with no reference to scientific manuals. This is tonal, listener-friendly and almost foot-tapping music. It smiles, cajoles and teases, revealing the Californian origins of the duo. It’s part Henry Cowell, part John Adams minimalism, part Dave Brubeck jazz and part Beach Boys lyrical harmony. … It’s the sort of music you might find yourself playing on long road trips. Every kid in the car will have fun picking up and singing the patterns.” [FULL ARTICLE]
Vincent Plush

“Griswold on prepared-unprepared piano and Vanessa Tomlinson on all manner of mallets and other pitched and unpitched percussion explore rhythmic and sonic possibilities that can be ornate but deep-down have an immediacy, a homespun elemental quality. … It is music serious but whimsical, folk-some and sometimes a bit ritualistic. … This is music that is easy to like. If you want something refreshing, you can surely find it here.” [FULL ARTICLE]
Greg Edwards