Wheel of Emptiness is an attempt to reconcile flowing almost chaotic music and cool, discrete objects, which have no connection with each other, but which repeat in a repetitive pattern. 'Subjective' and 'objective' are in dialectic and ultimately transcended. From a technical point of view, the harmony is based on a modulating sequence of ‘equal addition compressed spectra’, like my other recent works. The microtones are supported by a sampler in the ensemble which plays the spectra, usually in sea wave patterns wheeling round and round. The Buddhist notion of ‘emptiness’ was foremost in my mind.
© Jonathan Harvey