Genre: Large ensemble: flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, horn, piano, violin, cello + live electronics
Description: A single movement work with a meditative and reflective character, originally conceived to match a stills sequence devised by the art historian Prof David Chandler, using images selected from the archive of the Imperial War Museum
Duration: 17 minutes
Dark Formations uses still images and chamber music to explore and reflect on the intensive Allied bombing of German cities in the final years of World War II. The music composed is slow and ritualised, with dark, muted, often vibrato-less and mechanistic instrumental sounds matching the gradual unfolding and revealing of photographic stills. The electronics contributed complex showers of piano notes which echoed the spectacular effects of light caught in the camera.