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ZenSim is a new work that composed for The accordion department of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

The piece was premiered at PLUG on the 11th May 2022.


Six accordions

Programme note:

I got the idea for this piece when listening to an interview given by the composer/producer Oneohtrix Point Never (Daniel Lopatin).


"I was listening to so many New Age records and they were undeniably bad records, but there was something about them that I was listening to and enjoying, and I was [...] fixated on this idea that you could use the tropes of New Age music to [...] describe [...] something beyond [the] cliché that is New Age music, like chill out and like be in your [...] zen cave amongst nature. [...] But I was like, that’s an interesting idea that people would want to do that or make music that [...] created a simulated zen forest vibe and I was like that’s a terrible idea, we should never do that."

From his interview on the Red Bull Music Academy YouTube Channel.


I took the idea that Lopatin describes ‘you could use the tropes of New Age music to describe something beyond a cliché’, and I’ve tried to make a piece of music which sounds cliché with a sterile, corporate, simulated-feel-good vibe, but that is simultaneously impactful and an interesting listening experience, that is full of microdetails and constantly moving.

If you're interested in finding out more about what I'm doing

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