it melted with the rain

“It melted in the rain... it all melted...”

- The Vegetarian
Han Kang

it melted with the rain was initially inspired by the novel: The Vegetarian by Korean author, Han Kang. In particular, the title refers to an instance in which the protagonist, through what is portrayed as insane ramblings, recalls hearing a voice call to her and running to the woods to find it. Upon reaching the woods, she finds nothing, and proceeds to wait there. Nothing comes. She explains: “It melted in the rain... it all melted...”

The piece is an exploration into the perception of time passing, both in the act of listening to music, and the observation of rain. This idea is shaped by Toru Takemitsu’s article: My perception of time in traditional Japanese music; in which he attributes a sense of time to the timbre of sounds.

“The sensing of timbre is none other than the perception of succession of movement within sound. As well as being spatial in nature, this perception is of course also temporal in nature. To put it another way, timbre arises during the time in which one is listening to the shifting of sound.”

- Toru Takemitsu
My perception of time in traditional Japanese music

it melted with the rain explores various textures and timbres that can be produced by each instrument in order to create a sense of time melting, slowing down until it is imperceptible by the listener; and furthermore, this piece aims to imitate a sense of temporal stillness that can be felt on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

For a sample of the score, please click here.