|dc.description.abstract||Research Background: The Things We Do was a two night celebration of the cultural contribution of musical presenters Clocked Out to Brisbane, Queensland and Australian culture. The events featured Vanessa Tomlinson (percussion, composer), Erik Griswold (piano, composer) with Topology, percussion group Early Warning System, piano trio The Wild, and 20 other individual performers playing 180 minutes of music, including 50 minutes of previously un-performed material. These 2 concerts were presented by Brisbane Powerhouse and Clocked Out with support from private donors and other performing ensembles.
Research Contribution: Featuring 15 years of performing prepared piano, percussion, found objects and toys to craft their trademark "warped grooves" and evocative soundscapes while drawing on a wide variety of influences from experimental, jazz, and world music, Clocked Out celebrated by producing a number of new works: a remix of Griswold’s Pain Avoidance Machine for percussion quintet and solo piano (arranged Tomlinson, composed Griswold); The Ur Sonata (Tomlinson solo voice and percussion, arr. Tomlinson, composed Schwitters) with Fluxus-based interventions by The Wild, dancer Jan-Baker Finch and the cold-air balloonists (40 minutes, curated by Tomlinson). This work extends the historical sonic performance practice of both Dada and Fluxus movements. In addition the idea of remixing work has extended the life of Pain Avoidance Machine Remix, highlights a post-Kraftwerk soundworld of contrapuntal interweaving of typewriters, rustling plastic bags, sawing, egg beating , megaphones and more.
Research Significance: The Things We Do was supported by the Brisbane Powerhouse as part of their 2015 program. In addition ABC Classic FM have picked up the work and will be doing a studio recording and podcast of Pain Avoidance Machine. Lastly the Australian Percussion Gathering (Brisbane 2016) will be presenting excerpts of the UR Sonata with Fluxus Interventions in the Listening Museum at Urban Art Projects, Brisbane, demonstrating uptake of the ideas embedded in this performance.||