Wicked problems

Laura Bowler

  • Duration

    9 mins

  • Year of composition


  • Number of performers


  • First performance

    25th October 2020, The Lemon Tree

  • Commissioned by
    Sound Festival Aberdeen


Wicked Problems sets text from Timothy Morton’s Dark Ecology. The flute and voice find themselves entangled in loops, gasping for air and incessantly thrown forward into the uncertainly interminable. Many thanks to Timothy Morton for his permission to set this extract of text.

The work won the 'Chamber-Scale Composition' category at the 2021 Royal Philharmonic Society awards, which is awarded to 'an outstandingly imaginative and engaging chamber-scale work receiving its first UK performance'. Premiered at Aberdeenshire's 'Sound Festival', it was also performed in Glasgow at COP26 in November 2021.

Full scoring:

Bass flute

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