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Horror Vacui refers to the notion that nature abhors a vacuum, and that an empty space will always try to fill itself with gas or liquid. This principle was widely accepted by physicists for a long time until it was disproved in the 17th Century. The term literally means 'fear of empty space' and in visual art has come to be associated with works which are completely filled in with detail. In writing this work I was interested in creating a musical space which compulsively wants to fill itself as if the music were being sucked out from the accordion by a vacuum.
The work is dedicated to Martynas Levickis, for whom it was written.
Written for the Spitalfields Winter Music Festival 2011
to Martynas Levickis
14 Dec 2011: Performed by Martynas Levickis at the Spitalfield Winter Music Festival, in London.
12 Mar 2012: Performed by Martynas Levickis at the Forge in Camden, London.