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Balance

For solo percussion

Balance is a glimpse into our world of co-dependence; human, animal, living, above and below the ground. From an ecological perspective each sound needs to find a way to be unique, to be heard. But things also need to be in balance - and here the performer is asked to  balance to perform this work; the delicate rustle of beans with the left foot while conjuring an exquisite song from a cymbal with the hands; the scrumming of sandpaper in the feet and the infinite pitch variations of a stone tapping a metal bowl. Each act requiring physical effort, precision, balance and care.

Balance  is a solo re-working of a percussion quartet Static, inspired by months of listening and living in the Australian outback. Balance also requires intense listening as the performer, alongside acceptance, independence, respect, patience and time. This piece was commissioned and composed for Rebecca Lloyd-Jones who can do impossible things. And she knows a thing or two about balance.

This work was premiered at University of California in 2020.

For information about the score, please contact the composer.

Cycles

for any number of performers playing different keyboard instruments

plus bass drum, bell, horn and shaker

premiered by Erik Griswold, Vanessa Tomlinson, Arabella Teniswood-Harvey, Michael Kieran Harvey 2019

Cycles consists of 4 independent rhythmic cycles with added punctuation from percussion - played by the keyboard players themselves.

For information about the score, please contact the composer.

Watch the premiere of this work here.

Heavy Stop

for any number of performers on any instrument

premiered by Clocked Out with Cat Hope, 2019

Heavy Stop belongs to a series of pieces that prioritise listening as the navigational tool through the composition. Starting with 5 doing words - in this case brushing, caressing, heavy stopping, interfering, and crying - the musicians build a language throughout rehearsals, and then freely explore the terrain in performance. There is no score to follow except for the sonic building blocks that the musicians have collaboratively constructed. I don't know what will happen. - V.T. 

For information about the score, please contact the composer.

Watch the premiere of this work here.

The Oxbow Soundwalk

Site-specific constellation of individual compositions by other artists.

A mega composition of other compositions in the Australian bush

premiered at Easter at The Piano Mill 2019

View the videos together, turn them on and off to create your own experience.

Static

for four percussionists

premiered by Early Warning System, Brisbane Powerhouse 2014

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Still and Moving Paper

for solo percussionist playing paper, pencils and footboys

premiered by Vanessa Tomlinson, ABC Studios Brisbane 2014

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Vibrations in a Landscape co-composition with Erik Griswold

for twenty percussionists

premiered by BaDaBoom percussion at Easter@Harrigans Lane 2017

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Sonic Dreams: Extinction

for any number of performers on any instrument

premiered by Greywing ensemble, Perth 2017

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View Video with Tomlin|Fergus Duo

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Listen to Greywing ensemble perform the work

Watch Sonic Dreams California performed by Clocked Out and Mary Oliver

Nostalgia

for a group of listeners

premiered at Orpheus Institute, Ghent 2013

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Intimacy/Bath of Vibrations

for unamplified music boxes/for a choir of bowed cymbals with solo piccolo

premiered at Queensland Conservatorium "Clocked Out with Simone DeHaan 

New Sounds Brisbane Festival 2017

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Download Score Bath of Vibrations

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