Sketches – OMP

Some initial sketches for the orchestral work I’m writing for the Oregon Mozart Players.

The piece takes as its starting inspiration an experience I had diving with humpback whales.

Under the surface was an immersive sound world filled with noise – of flowing water, of feeding fish, of air and breath and movement and texture. The songs of the humpbacks would emerge out of this noise, clearing out into moments of lyrical beauty before fading, submerging, dispersing away back into the shimmering texture.

whale song spectrogram

…a shifting noise floor…

whale song and music, orchestra

…noise/ shimmer/ melodies emerging…

whale song and music

…movement – aleatory, non-synchronized ord – sul pont – ord, <> dynamics…

whale song and music