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.