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Falling (into the unknown)

For solo electric guitar; 10′, 2015.

Performed by Jacob Wiens, June 21 at Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Presented by Montréal Contemporary Music Lab. Live recording.

Additional performances: Ontario premiere at Between the Ears Festival in Waterloo on June 3, 2017. Performed by guitarist Mike Anderson.

Falling (into the unknown) expresses a mental state of fear that one may experience and continually struggle with. I’ve been interested in exploring the concepts of stillness and chaos and how they might interact in specific contexts. There is a lot that can happen in a fearful state. I find that stillness and chaos are greatly present in fear. They overlap and exchange through different kinds of tension. They are present within each other’s form, maybe just for a brief moment or could be sustained for a longer period of time.

 

MCML 2015

I’m excited to be taking part in the Montreal Contemporary Music Lab in June. I’ll be writing for solo electric guitar that will be performed by Montreal-based musician Jacob Wiens. I’m just beginning my brainstorming process and looking forward to how this piece unfolds!

I’ve been interested in exploring the concepts of stillness and chaos in different contexts; how they interact, combine, and contradict one another as well as what roles they embody. Stillness doesn’t have to be interpreted as quiet or motionless, there could be a gradual change that occurs over a period of time. Chaos could also be approached as happening at a gradual rate or through sudden interruption. Is there a cycle that occurs, shifting from chaos to stillness or vice versa? Is balance necessary between these two elements, similar to a yin and yang, do they rely on each other?