Falling (into the unknown)

For solo electric guitar

10 minutes (2015)

Composed for Jacob Wiens.

World Premiere

Montréal Contemporary Music Lab
June 21, 2015 | Conservatoire de musique de Montréal

Performed by Jacob Wiens

Program Notes

When I was composing "Falling", I was thinking a lot about thought processes of how our minds take-in and develop responses to experiences or emotions we may struggle with. The unknown always brings us into a particular mental place that can be filled with unwanted stillness or accelerations of feelings we don't know how to process yet. There's a kind of subtlety to how we might connect with these thought processes, how they intertwine, return, and unravel. I wanted to explore these thought processes and underlying emotions in how sounds emerge and dissolve, leading to the settling of tension to reveal a sense of clarity even if it's just for a moment.