aurora borealis (2020)
Commissioned by St Catherine's College, University of Oxford
Premiere with St Catherine's College Chamber Ensemble at St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, 25 February 2020
aurora borealis is a reimagining of the northern lights, Earth’s own natural light show. Based on a transcription of charged electrons that form the aurora borealis, this piece reimagines the journey of those electrons as they crash into the Earth’s magnetic field only to scatter away. The piece highlights the difference between what we expect, or hope, the aurora to sound like, magical and mythical, in contrast to how it does sound, frenetic and wild.