Falling Leaves (Mono No Aware) is an electroacoustic/ambient composition completed over the winter of 2011-2012. It premiered at the Further Series Electroacoustic 2012 Concert in Vancouver.
The piece begins with a gentle crescendo of sound highlighted by two melodies looping at different rates 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, 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.
released May 8, 2013
Music written, performed and recorded by Craig Aalders.