Surface Tension


This piece was composed in 2016 for Ensemble Offspring’s residency at the ANU School of Music. The piece was inspired by watching ripples forming on a lake at night through a pair of binoculars.

The piece revolves around a series of small quite gestures performed as an ensemble featuring a variety of extended techniques. Small mechanical music boxes are featured prominently as a means to explore the acoustics of each instrument culminating with all three performers moving to the timpano to have their music boxes collectively resonate. This further increases the indeterminate aspects of the piece.


A live performance by Ensemble Offspring of Benjamin Drury’s work Surface Tension (2016)


Cello: Blair Harris

Bass Clarinet: Jason Noble

Percussion: Alison Pratt (guest artist)

Ensemble director: Claire Edwards