Nigel Keay - Tectonics (2016)
Tectonics (original version for organ)
Duration; approximately 7 minutes.
Tectonics was composed over several weeks in the autumn of 2016. During this time New Zealand experienced significant seismic activity, and reflecting on the impact this had on the country was a strong influence on the work, hence its title. There are several thematic streams in my catalogue of works, and one is geography and migration. Tectonics is therefore linked harmonically to another work, Terrestrial Mirror, which evokes aspects of this same theme. Tectonics is a piece of constant tension with shifting tonalities, the subterranean movement suggested by the profound and voluminous soundscape of the organ.
Tectonics - phonostück version for archi-saxophone solo and ensemble (mellotron, viola and double bass)
This version was recorded and produced in 2019 by Daniel Kientzy. Players; Daniel Kientzy - saxophones, Jean-Baptiste Devillers - mellotron, Nigel Keay - viola and Will Cravy - double bass.