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Between the Lines

by Neil Thornock

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Dulci 12:43
Blur 08:09
Illumination 03:53
Fanfares 03:21
Quantasy 07:01


Carillonneurs – people who play huge sets of bells from an oversized keyboard mechanism – constantly battle two challenges: The bells don’t stop ringing, and the unwieldy mechanism requires dramatic physical exertions to control, often resulting in a blurry, imprecise sonic landscape. My percussion writing grows out of my experience playing carillon, from the unhindered ringing of the dulcimer, chimes, and vibraphone, to the demanding physical exertions required in the marimba pieces and the imprecise sonic world of Blur. Finally, Lurgy makes maximum demands of the carillon, while augmenting its sonic world with percussion ensemble.

-Neil Thornock


released February 10, 2015

All tracks:
Matthew Coley, percussion

Track 2
John Kizilarmut, percussion

Tracks 7-10
Gerard Morris, conductor
Neil Thornock, carillon
Iowa Percussion Group | Stan Dahl, Adam Groh, Dan Krumm, Jacob Thieben
Iowa State University Percussion Ensemble | Andrew Burton, Grant Hyland, Devin Klink, Rebecca Luksan, Alex Ortberg, Ryan Pearson

Recording engineers: Track 1, Jordan Roper; Tracks 2, 6-10, Chad Jacobsen; Tracks 3-5, Jeff Carter

Producers: Matthew Coley, Gerard Morris, Neil Thornock
Mixing: Neil Thornock
Mastering: Troy Sales
Art: Sunny Belliston Taylor (Reduced to the Essentials, 2011)
Design: A.J. Rich
Music published by Sonic Inertia Publications




New Focus Recordings New York, New York

New Focus Recordings is an artist led collective label featuring releases in contemporary music of many stripes, as well as new approaches to older repertoire. The label was founded by guitarist Daniel Lippel (who is the current director), composer engineer Ryan Streber, and composer Peter Gilbert in 2003-4, and features releases from many of new music's most active performers and composers. ... more

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