The work counterpoints an aural stillness with a visual freneticism. The 5 players have detailed physical movements notated in their parts, where they whip either bows or sticks through the air creating sweeping air sounds – the speed and repetition of these movements make it a physically demanding piece for some of the ensemble players.

It was written for the SOIL Ensemble in 2008 with support from the Netherlands’ Fonds Podiumkunsten. Scored for clarinet, piano, percussion, violin and cello.

This is a live recording of a performance in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Score with performance instructions (pdf): feeling the ground fade beneath you – Pete Harden