'presence, absence, degree' (2015) for accordion & electronics by Paul Clift published on 2017-01-17T13:59:01Z presence absence, degree (2015) for accordion & electronics Living-room-studio version -- performed by Olivia Steimel NB. Soundcloud added a few clicks to this track somewhere along the way -- you can download a 256kbps MP3 from here which should sound much better. PREMIERE: 22 January, 2016 at Hochshule für Musik Franz Liszt, Weimar by Olivia Steimel SCORE: www.babelscores.com ------------- Presence, Absence, Degree -- after Francis Bacon: the essence of a thing may be arrived at through reductive reasoning – this work, conceived in Ljubljana, composed (for the most part) in Basel, and ultimately completed in New York. I have always observed that travel alters my perception of music, never more so than with works-in-progress, for which the relationship between one moment/figure/gesture/phrase and another is often highly abstract. In Switzerland, for example, I anticipate the development of materials and foresee their (subjectively) logical conclusion; in New York I am suddenly unable or unwanting to continue in this way, because, with a change in latitude the sunlight also changes, doors creak in new ways, voices that were close become 8-bit/11,025Hz (and vice-versa), etc. etc. and the abstract relationships between musical moments/figures/etc. assemble themselves according to an entirely different logic. With many thanks to Olivia Steimel for her invaluable help in the composition of this piece.