The final act of The Chinese Room’s Dear Esther involves a long climb up to the summit of an aerial tower

Your final act is to survey the hebridean island you have spent your last days exploring

until you fall

and grow wings

and fly


free at last

I think about the final act of indie interactive-novella/video game Dear Esther a lot: climbing up a hill to an aerial tower, slowly making your way up the ladder, listening to your final monologues before jumping and becoming one with the gulls on the hebridean island you have spent the game inhabiting.

a hebridean gull crashes from an aerial tower was built over the course of 2021-22 as part of Psappha's Composing For... programme, inspired by the structural contours of traditional hardanger fiddle music, and the potential of piano music focused on the strings inside the piano and their respective harmonics.


a hebridean gull crashes from an aerial tower employs a compositional process originally built from one simple rule:  don't play the keys.

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'a hebridean gull crashes from an aerial tower' was written for Psappha's Composing For... programme of 2021-22, and is scheduled to premiere online via the Psappha YouTube channel in late 2022, alongside works by Kat Wallace, Laura Shipsey, Pierre Flasse, Murrough Connolly, and Zhenyan Li.

Piano - Benjamin Powell

Note: this piece employs the use of an e-bow and plectrum.

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