This is a breezy, uptempo piece of minimalist music for small chamber ensemble, which draws on some of the techniques and styles of minimalist composers such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and Michael Nyman, such as polyrhythm, counterpoint and canon, but with a lyrical warmth more normally found in post minimalist work. It has a sense of pace without drama.
It is absolutely perfect over speech and works brilliantly for arts documentaries, podcasts, radio and narrated media segments, creating a sense of suspense while keeping things upbeat and emotionally neutral. Great for keeping the listener’s attention over longer segments.
I composed the piece precisely for this use in my own projects.
It uses staccato cellos, flute and clarinet as its base, with pulse work on the violas. Meanwhile, the legato violins bring lyricism, warmth and sentiment. I’ve kept the higher register instruments low in the mix and they won’t compete with vocal overdubs.