Claire Edwardes performs my new work for solo vibraphone: Deviations on White. This piece is another inspired by light in a landscape. In this piece the sustain pedal is held down permanently. This means Claire needs to use the mallets to dampen any sounds. She also plays many "dead strokes" of varying kinds to dampen or half dampen notes. This gives a more crunchy sound which contrasts nicely with bell like ringing tones in the upper registers.
When you sit and watch a landscape the changing colours are not the product of the sun changing colour. Rather it is the interaction of the sun with the landscape that gives the infinite variations in light and mood that we experience as a viewer. I wanted to do the same thing here. Most of the time Claire plays pairs of notes (major 2nds) in each hand on the vibraphone which is a fairly consistent timbral colour. Then I use what ever inventive composing ideas I can to make the piece appear as colourful as possible.