Commissioned by International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT
bass clarinet, trumpet, tuba, piano, percussion (1 player), violin, viola, cello
23 October 2021, Tallinn, Noblessner Foundry, International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT, by Ensemble Musikfabrik, conducted by Clement Power
As a composer, I value everything that influences our ability to consciously embrace the present moment and keenly observe that which surrounds us – the various facets of silence and noise as well as microscopic events in sounds and the musical process because, paradoxically, it seems that the more the composition process is tied to the music itself and the musical reality, the more it allows the music to mirror the surrounding existence and its patterns through moments of insight.
In a way, Born In Waves is a continuation to my previous piece To Become a Tree (2016), which observes daily life at the backdrop of technological singularity and biotic crisis. In 2014 I wrote: our environment is constantly being monitored and even recreated, and yet it is more difficult than ever to maintain the balance of the ecosystem based on its simplest foundations. Data driven industries and technological singularity (a threat of uncontrollable processes in the technological sphere) cause the more profound reality driven insights – i.e., our inherent ability to form a decision by integrating various levels of intelligence that involve intuition, inspiration and differentiation capacity – to shift from the centre of focus. In the meantime, everything has amplified.
The changes are visible and tangible – the decline in the number of species; the sounds, scents and colours that no longer exist. When you don’t see these things that used to bring you daily joy, it saddens you and makes you think how much every person could do to help reduce our ecological footprint.
So, in a sense, this composition is a reverberation of past years. On the other hand, it is also about rekindling my relationship with the sea, the environment into which I was born.