- Adrian Moore
- Year composed: 2012
- Duration: 19:33
- Instrumentation: 5.1-track fixed medium
- Premiere: January 31, 2013, From Tape to Typedef: Concert 4, Drama Studio — The University of Sheffield, Sheffield (England, UK)
Creative motivations: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 was the first day in my working life that I went on strike. I thought I was being hypocritical taking my recording equipment with me but with hindsight I experienced a sense of place, a feeling that I was personally doing the right thing, and an enormous sense of the support that those on strike were giving to their colleagues under pressure. I also captured elements of the primary sound source of this piece and in so doing continue to reflect upon the reasons why I was out that day.
The vast majority of this work was made during April 2012 at the Visby International Centre for Composers (
Secondary sources included stones and bricks (after Jonty Harrison and Alistair MacDonald), and ball bearings (after François Bayle’s majestic Tremblement de terre très doux) — and my thanks to simplybearings.co.uk for accepting the fact that I only needed to buy two of each size (ranging from .5 to 2 inches in diameter). For the ‘dissolve’ at the close of the piece, I am always reminded of Andrew Lewis’ Scherzo. Finally, thanks to the Groupe de recherches musicales (
And it is these sound spaces that drive this work. Nebulae present us with the sense of the unknown, a sense of the future. There is a space there that is vast and distant and within the nebula a cloud of swirling dust and gas. Vast, but not a void. We can place ourselves inside this space and explore its very details.
Nebula Sequence was realized in 2012 in the Visby International Centre for Composers (
- Mention, category A, Musica Nova 2015, Prague (Czech Republic)
empreintes DIGITALes / 2015