HAZE (OR: A FOREST ON PLUTO)
Haze (or: a forest on Pluto) is a work for piano trio, composed in early 2021 in rural Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.
The concept for Haze grew out of the foggy nature trails surrounding the villages of Salmtal, Dreis, and Esch (Rheinland-Pfalz) - where sometimes visibility stopped at no more than a few metres ahead of you. Inspired by the harmonic structures of Dani Howard and Nico Muhly, textures and melodies waver in and out in an unpredictable fashion: unsure, fleeting, whispering. Perhaps the figment of a something dashes out from the fog - as if a jumpscare, for the briefest of moments - only to sequester itself into the forest again.
Some alternate titles for this piece include:
Do you think that under the thick blue atmosphere of Neptune there could be an alien tropical rainforest?
I’ve spent nearly three months under a thick brain fog
on Pluto there’s a heart of poisoned ice
Storm cloud jumpscare.
I’ve had coffee alone in a lot of places I didn’t feel safe
This is a piece structured around a forest trail I walked in rural Germany on a particularly foggy day. I couldn’t see more than two metres in front of me, but despite the fog my mind felt the clearest it had been all year. In any case I didn’t want to overtly write about nature because that’s a walking cliche at this point
fogbound (working title that I hated)
clouds -> consciousness -> storm -> unconsciousness
How do you get inspired when the world offers nothing to be inspired by?
all I’ve been looking for is escapism in the fog