Nocturne II is the second part of an ongoing series of electronic pieces that in one way or another explore a nightly realm. In this series, the principles of the original nocturne genre are implemented in a rather free and intuitive fashion. The resulting music finds itself in a field of tension between poetic subtlety and bold drama, and between concrete references and abstract entities. The nature of this musical realm is also reflected in the choice of sonic materials that form the foundation of these compositions.
Nocturne II carries the subtitle ‘An icy Winter Night’. This piece in itself has a more introvert feel to it than Nocturne I. In terms of landscape, this piece attempts to evoke an atmosphere of empty plains, icy winds, a clear moon that occasionally peeps through moving cloud formations, and an isolated house in which a lone mind can let its thoughts run free in the middle of a dark night.
One of the elements permeating this piece is a complex chord returning from a different perspective each time, which is filtered in such a way that it seems to glow and dance like northern lights. These passages are accompanied by the sound of heavy winds blowing over a chimney (recorded from within the chimney). This also articulates the field of tension that is at the core of this piece, which stretches from the very light to the very dark, and from a desolate, icy outside world to a lively inner realm.
In between the abovementioned passages, structures of sound transformations develop into ever deeper refinements. Along the entire process, an attempt was made to create a great dynamic of very thin materials on the one hand and thickly layered sound movements on the other. The interaction between the outside and inside realms is also stressed by the various types of acoustics that were used in the piece.
Nocturne II was realized in 2008 in the composer's studio and commissioned by the Dutch composers fund NFPK+