Treading Water (2015)
for Symphony Orchestra
Treading Water is a piece that marks the beginning of a growing branch of recent and potential future works that are products of my growing interest in Deleuzian philosophy, and the concepts of generality, repetition, and identity within the art of music. The work is sonically and temporally structured out of an Iterated Function System (IFS), which is an equation that produces an infinitely complex mathematical object that exhibits self-similarity at every level, but also displays discrete, idiosyncratic qualities at any chosen points of view within the never-ending structure. Using the branching paths of the generated fractal as a mode of creative navigation, this work is the sonic utterance of a specifically journeyed path; a Hapax Legomenon sonically materialised out of the infinite, mathematical fabric.
Duration: Approx. 7'
Premiered by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the North West New Music Festival 16' and broadcast on BBC Radio 3