Falling Leaves (Mono No Aware) Craig Aalders

Falling Leaves (Mono No Aware) is an electroacoustic/ambient composition completed over the winter of 2011-2012.

The piece begins with a crescendo of sound highlighted by two melodies looping out of sync with one another. A drifting sense of time slowing down is created as a sound collage of falling leaves is introduced. As the piece progresses, several high pitched tones slowly bleed through the mix, gradually enveloping everything, before it all fades away.

The title “Falling Leaves (Mono No Aware)” refers to the Japanese term used to describe the awareness of impermanence, or the transience of things, and a gentle sadness at their passing.

  • Year of composition: 2012
  • Genre: Electronic
  • Hardware used: Electric Guitar, Amplifier, FX pedals, Synthesizer, Computer
  • Software used: Max/Msp, Logic, Live
  • Duration of the submitted work: 5:53
  • Production: Home
  • Premiere: 2012, Further Series Electroacoustic 2012 Concert in Vancouver

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