From The Coast

for solo bass clarinet and fixed media

Oliver Iredale Searle

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for solo bass clarinet and fixed media

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Composer Oliver Iredale Searle
Year of Composition 2021
Duration 10' 30"
Instrumentation Bass Clarinet
Categories (all composers) , , , , ,
Catalogue ID ce-os1ftc1


We are now on a path towards a very different future, where young people’s experiences of the natural world will be vastly different from mine. Even if we make drastic alterations to our way of living, and reduce our impact on the planet immediately, we will not see any positive changes for a very long time. The fixed media track in this work rolls onwards, and although the player has some control over certain musical decisions, the destination is set. This piece attempts to capture recollections of past engagement with the sea/coast; each of the sections are a frozen moment in time, never to be re-visited. All sounds on the backing track were recorded by Alex South, in a sea cave, just below The Scores, in St Andrews.

In The Surf – getting out of my depth in the water and panicking, while playing in large waves after a storm.

Foghorn Dreams – falling asleep to the sound of the foghorn on the island of Fidra (in the Firth of Forth).

The Dead Whale – memories of finding a dead Minke Whale, while playing on a beach on a grey day in North Berwick.

Rowing in the Mist – getting lost in the mist at sea in a rowing boat, while on a fishing trip.

For Alex South; commissioned by sound, for first performance in October 2021.

Funded by the Hope Scott Trust.