The metal horses had lost their colour. The leaves dry, the stones worn, the ice froze, then waned. He slowly fell, and transformed into the terrain.
This composition - a fiction - takes the listener on a journey in the mind of a character born to explore the harmony between human constructions and nature. As constructions begin to take over, he needs to find a new balance. He slowly falls from the enjoyment of a fairground carrousel and the allure of the natural terrain overwhelms his being. The new balance gradually embodies a landscape of dry leaves and lost children, worn stones, melting snow, and a final release into abstraction.
"He slowly fell, and transformed into the terrain" is in two sections: a main journey and a final coda.
The work has been composed in 6th order 3-D higher order ambisonics (49-channel encoded source, which can be decoded to play over most loudspeaker arrays in either pure ambisonics or as a hybrid multi-channel format).
Commissioned by Electric Audio Unit (EAU) with funds from the Norwegian Cultural Council.