Much of In Your Absence is in a passionless, meccanico style, asserted with constricted gestures and repeating patterns. My goal was to maintain this claustrophobic character for as long as possible before allowing the music relax into something more sprawling and soloistic. Throughout the piece, I allowed the percussion and strings to enter each other’s sound worlds. Percussion instruments can replicate the friction-generated sound of a bow on a string, while string instruments can distort their tones to become more metallic and percussive. Both groups are able to produce sounds with varying degrees of pitch content, and a recurring motive throughout the piece is the interaction of pitched and non-pitched sounds. Analogous sounds with different degrees of pitch content are at times layered, crossfaded, or in dialogue.