Clocked Out create and produce innovative music, interarts, and intercultural events that extend experimental traditions in engaging and thought provoking ways. They use music as a vehicle to explore central cultural issues such as environmentalism, multi-culturalism, and interactions of science and music. The creative outlet of Vanessa Tomlinson and Erik Griswold, Clocked Out's diverse output includes original music for percussion and piano, a variety of artistic collaborations, concert series, tours, and festivals.
Based in Melbourne and Brisbane over the past 17 years, their activities have been incredibly wide ranging, and have included: original music for percussion, found objects, prepared piano and toy instruments; site-specific events highlighting music and environment; ongoing collaborations with musicians from Sichuan province; projects highlighting links between science, architecture and music; performances and recontextualizations of historical avant garde works; commissioning and presenting works by innovative composers; collaborating and presenting leading Australian and International artists and Ensembles; national and international tours.
Clocked Out has received two APRA AMCOS Art Music Awards: the "Award for Excellence in Experimental Music" and "Outstanding Contribution by an organization," as well as two Green Room Awards. They have received grants from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, Brisbane City Council, Asia Link Foundation and Arts Victoria. Their recent project "Water Pushes Sand," a collaboration with the Australian Art Orchestra, was nominated for an Aria Award (Best Jazz Album), and was a finalist in the Art Music Awards (Best Jazz Composition). They are currently Ensemble in Residence at Queensland Conservatorium. Clocked Out receive generous support from Bruce and Jocelyn Wolfe, and from Griffith University.