The Emptiness That Is Also Not Emptiness

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Composed by
Hugo Bell
cello, flute, oboe, violin
With electronics
5 minutes

The title of the piece refers to a paradox which arises at certain points throughout the piece – how do we define ‘presence’ in the context of acoustic concert music? Throughout the piece the players are required to produce a gamut of sounds by various means ranging from traditional ‘extended’ techniques such as flute pizzicati to more unconventional ones. The piece is structured around the juxtaposition of three contrasting sections which gradually dissolve into one another as the piece progresses.