I’m thirteen days into my residency at the Visby International Centre for Composers and everything is going remarkably well.

I’m taking a couple of days off my piece for Rarescale – tentatively titled Falling Out of Cars as a little nod to the Jeff Noon novel of the same name – to give myself a little bit of distance from it. The piece itself is actually going pretty well and I’m please with it myself, but I need a little space to ponder where I’m going with it next. Normally, I don’t get such long periods of uninterrupted composition and it feels pretty intense spending up to fourteen hours a day dealing with the same material.

However, just because I’m taking some time off that piece doesn’t mean I’m resting. I’ve just finished a pretty substantial rewrite of a string quartet and I’ve been polishing off two pieces from my Extrapolations series that have been hanging around for a while. On top of that, I’ve been fiddling about with an orchestral piece that I’ve had at the back of my mind for a while. I’ve got about three minutes of that down, so it’s actually shaping up pretty well.

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