no. 24

Purple is the Colour of Sheer Noise

Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise (2020)

The concept for 'Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise' initially stemmed from a conversation I had with composer Emily Abdy about vulnerability and dynamics within our compositions. It was during this conversation that I realised that so much of my music (at the time) revolved around harsh noise, around heaviness, around cathartic gestures and soundscapes - possibly influenced by my upbringing in London - that the idea of true quietness or stillness scared me. During the quietness brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I realised... perhaps it was the quietness that made me feel vulnerable?

'Purple Is the Colour of Sheer Noise' was performed virtually by Royal Birmingham Conservatoire's Thallein Ensemble in the summer of 2020.

Score and parts are available on request.

oh, is it

the quietness

that makes you feel

so vulnerable?