It's been a little over a year since we received the New Music USA grant for Randall Woolf's Punching the Clock. Randy conceived of the piece very quickly and had the general structure outlined in no time. But then came the long hours of transcribing the seven parts, putting the soundtrack together and fitting it in with the score.
We received each part as it was completed, and we knew right away it was going to be great. The soundtrack seduced us from the beginning. Hearing the voice of workers from around the world singing songs in their native tongues took us to far away places and sparked our imagination. There is something magical about hearing recorded voices from distant lands with just enough background static to give a sense of timelessness.
Randy came to Lancaster and worked with us. It was fun, eye-opening, and very productive. Somehow, without having met the ensemble in person beforehand, he knew exactly how to write for us. The result is this document of the premiere, February 8, 2015. Enjoy!