Curved Form (St Endellion) is a sonic landscape of ever-changing shades and subtleties. Inspired by the vivid colours of the Cornish coastline, the piece occupies a single harmonic world - an unchanging vista - in which the features remain the same but their appearance is constantly changing.
Points on the horizon move in and out of focus as rain clouds obscure them from view. Colours are muted by shadows or brought into stark relief by sunlight. No two moments are ever quite the same and yet everything has a comforting familiarity to it.
The two instruments gradually unveil a stacked chord of open strings and harmonics with a single stopped note - a fixed horizon - at its centre. These static harmonies draw the listener’s attention to the timbral and rhythmic processes at play - as if observing the colours and rhythms of a particular view subtly shift with changes in the weather.
Curved Form (St Endellion) was commissioned by the Manchester Collective and written whilst on an Endelienta residency in St Endellion. It was scheduled to be premièred as part of the Manchester Collective’s UK tour of The Voice of the Whale in March and April 2020, however these performances have now been postponed due to COVID-19.