Destructive interference : for solo flute
by Matthew Laing (2021)
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This piece is a portrait of a meeting point between the self that you know, and the selves that went and made different decisions, did other things. The experience of lockdowns these past 18 months has been a period of forced self-reflections, and to me it's been interesting to think about how we share these experiences with the people around us, but also the lives we might have led, in the sense that the pandemic experience has been so overwhelming it implies a cancelling out; whether everything went great or terrible before, you're in lockdown now and you're brought closer to those lives you left behind, even if they're completely unrelatable.
The title takes its name after the phenomenon created when two audio waves superimpose and cancel each other out leading to a lower amplitude. Naming it this implies a nihilism on this process of reflection but the intended sentiment of the work is ambivalence through a process of reckoning.
- Matt Laing, July 2021
Duration: 9 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by The ANAM Set, Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) for performance by Lily Bryant with funds provided by Peggy Glanville-Hicks Composers' Trust, Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund.
First performance: by Lily Bryant — 8 Dec 21. Australian National Academy of Music, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne
Performances of this work
8 Dec 21: Australian National Academy of Music, Abbotsford Convent, Melbourne. Featuring Lily Bryant.
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