Of Maker and Movement (2019)

Of Maker and Movement (2019)

percussion quartet

Three movements (movements can also be performed separately):

I. Pendulum Surround, II. Quartz Revolution, III. Dance of Hands

Duration: 16′

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I. Pendulum Surround

Duration: 4’30”

II. Quartz Revolution

Duration: 8′

III. Dance of Hands

Duration: 3’30”

“Jennifer Bellor’s three-movement Of Maker and Movement (2018-19) created ethereal sounds with various mallet instruments, sometimes approaching an ambient aesthetic. Marimba, vibraphone, and glockenspiel were joined by two instruments created by the group: the Aquarion — a glass marimba with an otherworldly quality when rolled — and the Galvitone — tuned steel pipes. The simple, yet detailed beauty of the sounds, some motoric, others melodic, was arresting… Bellor writes ravishingly and imaginatively for percussion, and Clocks in Motion have made her their resident composer. Three more quartets will come from her pen in the near future…” – David Kulma, Clevelandclassical.com

“Pendulum Surround,” introduces the release with a radiant blend of marimbas, vibraphones, and glockenspiels. Timbral contrasts between them are, of course, pronounced, and adding to the presentation are melodic patterns produced by a glimmering, synthesizer-like instrument. “Quartz Revolution” is distinguished from the first movement by bowed vibraphone textures and a time-suspended, meditative ambiance that gradually morphs into a dreamy sequence sprinkled with tinkling glockenspiels. True to its title, the animated “Dance of Hands” is enlivened by shakers, hand drums, and metronomic marimbas.” – Textura

Of Maker & Movement is featured on the album ONEIRA released by Aerocade Music August 19, 2022.

Of Maker and Movement was commissioned by Clocks in Motion as a part of the Clock Shop Residency. It was written for both traditional instruments and those created by Clocks in Motion, such as the galvitone. It was premiered at Muhlenberg College March 14, 2019, and performed again at Cleveland State University Fall 2019.

Flexible instrumentation: Any parts labeled “galvitone” can also be played on glockenspiel, or instrument with similar range. The part labeled “aquarion” can be performed on another keyboard instrument with similar range, such as marimba/vibraphone combination, or MalletKAT.