Negotiating the Absolute Location of Buoyancy
- Swiss premiere by Samuel Stoll on April 28, 2016 in Zürich as part of the IGNM Zürich musicserie.
- Performed by Samuel Stoll on February 22, 2016 at the University of Huddersfield (UK).
- UK premiere by Samuel Stoll on February 20, 2016 at the Nexus Art Cafe in Manchester, England.
- German premiere by Samuel Stoll on December 15, 2015 at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany.
- Finnish premiere given by Samuel Stoll on February 10, 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.
- Concert review (in Finnish).
- Performed by Samuel Stoll on June 5, 2013 in Szeged, Hungary.
- European premiere by Samuel Stoll on June 2, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary as part of szófa budapest.
- Premiered by Matthew Oliphant on December 14, 2012 in Chicago, USA as part of Dal Niente‘s concert “Hard Music Hard Liquor.”
Influences on the composition of Negotiating the Absolute Location of Buoyancy, in no particular order: Dal Niente Executive Director Ryan Muncy’s statement that this work was being commissioned for a “concert called ‘Hard Music Hard Liquor’, which gives you an idea of the type of piece we’re looking for”; my first confrontation with the horn; a discussion with an eighth grader on the geographic term “absolute location”; Hans Tutschku asking me about my use of pitch, and being dissatisfied with my initial answer; Steven Takasugi asking me about surface clarity and what I take out of my music, and reminding me that grains of sand become pearls. I hope that some of these grains of sand become pearls.
This piece was commissioned by Ensemble Dal Niente and written for Matthew Oliphant. I am exceedingly thankful for the support and encouragement of the ensemble in general, which is an almost-improbable assemblage of special people, and of Matt in particular, who fielded my endless stream of questions with grace, and applied himself to the perhaps-absurd demands of this piece with aplomb. I cannot overstate my gratitude for the experience of working with him.