Co-editor of this book, Australian percussionist Vanessa Tomlinson is active in the fields of solo percussion, contemporary chamber music, improvisation, installation, acoustic ecology and composition. Tomlinson has contributed greatly to the field of acoustic ecology through her work with Soundings – using performative sonic interventions to begin to understand environments. She is co-founder and artistic director of Clocked Out, one of Australia’s most important and eclectic musical organizations, artistic director of the 2010/2016 Australian Percussion Gathering and percussionist for The Australian Art Orchestra. She is currently Associate Professor in Music at Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University, and Deputy Director of the Queensland Conservatorium Research Centre. She holds a Doctorate from the University of California at San Diego.


The Listening Museum

Jessica Aszodi welding and singing Madonna songs at Urban Art Projects Factory
Rosemary Joy’s Beauty Boxes
The promise of a bronze pouring


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Artists, projects, images, sounds
Vanessa Tomlinson
Danielle Bentley
Stephen Emmerson (Beethoven)
Erik Griswold
Jessica Aszodi
Stephen Emmerson (Bach)
Louise Denson
Kim Cunio
Leah Barclay
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The Listening Museum took place on April 20, 2013, in the factory of Urban Art Projects. The Listening Museum was inspired by the machinery, the site, and the promise of a bronze pouring.
Clocked Out joined forces with Ensemble Offspring to present a series of installations focused on the phenomena of sound.
The sounds involved gong therapy, pingpong balls, Rosemary Joy’s Beauty Boxes, Lawrence English’s turntables, Vanessa Tomlinson’s piece for 12 rope players, Jessica Aszodi welding and singing Madonna songs, Leah Barclay’s sound installation, and Erik Griswold’s prepared piano.
The musicians included Claire Edwardes, Vanessa Tomlinson, and Ba Da Boom, percussion; Erik Griswold, piano; Jason Noble, clarinets; Jessica Aszodi, soprano; Michael Askill, gongs; and many special guests including Kev and Kev doing the bronze pour.