(S)PACING was written for Neil and Eve Heyde. Shortly after I joined the Kreutzer Quartet, Neil suggested I write a piece for two cellos that would introduce a student cellist to some contemporary technical challenges. We jointly looked at possible sounds and techniques: from the glissando universe of Gloria Coates, through the extended sound-world of Lachenmann, to white noise, stomping etc. I think the original idea 'evolved' during the compositional process – I wouldn’t call the end result ‘pedagogical’. The piece requires a ‘physical’ performance in which extended instrumental techniques are fully integrated with pitched material – in a way, stretching conventional playing movements into a new physical space, and resulting with a different ‘choreography’. At the same time, the five movements of (S)PACING balance the musical pace/organisation in time.