In Warmer Seasons

10 minutes for Soprano, Flute, and Guitar

programme note:

In Warmer Seasons proposes that individual trajectories between the parts of the ensemble can form an ecological whole. Here, three musicians play parts which occupy distinct process-trajectories developing at their own individual rates. Despite a shared eight-minute duration, meter, conductor, or other ensemble-wide time standard used in the piece. Instead, each player follows their own variable time standard as delivered by a click track, and they play in response to the changing skin of the experienced moment. Coincidental but nontrivial interactions result from a design logic applied on the scale of the individual parts. This approach gives preference to the ongoing process of surprise and discovery through direct aural experience on the part of both performers and audience, over a desire for perfection of an abstract musical idea or structure. Similar sentiment is celebrated by Lucretius inOn the Nature of Things: "Nothing in the body is made in order that we may use it.What happens to exist is the cause of its use.”











Download Score

(Score consists of individual parts and instructions)

Please contact me should you wish to perform the piece and I canprovide the requisite click tracks!

In Warmer Seasons was written for tracensemble, who were guest artists at the University last year.

tracesemble is a trio of musicians, performing in this piece as soprano voice (Peyee Chen), c-flute

(Alba Bru), and nylon string guitar (Diego Castro Magas). Each musician additionally performed

with a small wooden percussion instrument. The piece is ten minutes long. Musicians read from

the provided parts, and rely on the provided click tracks for temporal orientation as delivered via

headphones. Each part exists, for the performer, independently of the others. There is no score

used for this piece, only the parts here provided.

 below, a video from the  first performance

St Pauls Hall, Huddersfield, March 17, 2016:

















Some listeners might be interested in the sung text:

the car was recovered

as beach-goers,

finishing formalities before fading away

having been warned


oh my!

jump toward the moon in warmer seasons



stay away from the coast

we don't want you



salty channels run into craters and canyons

during comes with having form and being


high tide for nineteen years


jump up and down

run into craters and canyons


beachgoers are being warned to stay far away before fading

as conditions formalize


teenage girls

running into canyons and craters

exclaim "oh my god!"

and exclaim

"warm seasons affect the weather"

beach-goers therefore jump up and down

causing high tides


in coastal canyons, fading


before conditions cool

jump up and down



once he had gone the supermoon caused the highest tides anyone had seen for nineteen years


on the moon

or on


where water flows

from beneath

from canyons


it was recovered

but the van had to wait

for warmer winds

teen age canyons

fade before conditions

cool and formalize

into craters



jump up and down

highest tides


the car was recovered

but the van must wait

until the tide recedes


during warmer seasons

the moon conditions


who are warned not to go out


salty crater, before fading away

wait for warmer seasons


on the coast and lacking any formaility the moon conditions teenage tides

and on mars salty channels form during warms seasons before exclaiming oh my


salty channels become coastal plains during warmer seasons

running down craters and canyons


super moon


super high tides


teenagers exclaim

oh my god


beach-goers must wait

for the tide


the moon conditions

oh my god

the teenagers exclaimed


finish the formalities

before fading away


having been warned,

jump to the moon


until the water recedes

you will have to wait




see also:

Descent from the High Arches and the Bog Chorus

Helical Pastimes

Incidents of an Uncertain Passage to a Defined Address

Two Bowls (Prime Unity)