In Chronostasis Revised, the grandfather clock of bygone generations is turned into a sound machine that could fit smoothly into the repertoire of today’s DJ culture. Modern electronic music with its precisely calibrated time grids is the direct descendent of the simple tick-tock beat first heard at some unknown monastery in the Middle Ages where the clock was invented. The mechanical clock is one of the key inventions of the Western world, whose influence on society and technological development has been immense and which helped shape Europe’s path to political hegemony. Clock-making was the art from which the technical skills and manufacturing techniques for the complicated machinery of the Industrial Revolution were derived. Clocks prepared people to function in a deeply rationalised working and everyday life, and they became a paradigmatic metaphor for this industrialisation: an emblem of accuracy and precision which for the first time transformed time into a tangible product that could be converted into money.
Chronostasis Revised is based on a composition from 2009 for Studio Akustische Kunst of German broadcaster WDR. Chronostasis Song A and B are songlike tracks taken from the two longer pieces: Chronostasis Revised Part One and Two.