Nocturne I is the first 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.
In articulating the aforementioned fields of tension, the attempt was made to take the principles of the nocturne genre beyond the level of mere romantic atmosphere music, to in fact use this ‘romantic landscape of the night’ as a portal to a deeper dimension of abstract interactions and transformations. This way, the film-like character of the music’s top layer becomes like a window revealing several complex structures and sound transformations. Eventually, this nocturne is an interaction between the exterior realm of a nightly landscape/cityscape and the intimate inner realm of abstract thoughts of a lone thinker in the middle of the night. In its totality, the project can be regarded a loud tribute to the ‘treasures and inspiration of the night in all its aspects’.
Nocturne I starts out with a long and mysteriously fluctuating introduction that gradually increases its magnetic intensity to finally transform into a penetrating tone of a mute trumpet. Then, a multitude of materials and structures are introduced that are further developed in the following three parts. This way, Nocturne I turns out as a sort of jam session, even though at the same time it has a clearly marked time structure in which distinct islands of dense sound carpets and more transparent passages of sound transformations and dialogs follow up on each other.
The piece was realized in 2007 in the composer's studio.