All Day I Hear the Noise of Waters

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: Solo Percussion

First performance by Domenico Melchiorre - 25.06.2012, Auditorium San Fedele, Milano (Italy)

Other performances:

  • Domenico Melchiorre - 23.03.2013, The Cello Factory, London (UK)
  • Christian Dierstein (Ensemble recherche) - 20.11.2013, Remise Bludenz (Austria)
  • Christian Dierstein - 10.12.2013, Cullera, València (Spain)
  • Domenico Melchiorre - 15.12.2013, Papiermühle Basel (Switzerland)
  • Christian Dierstein - 15.02.2014, Centre Cultural de Canals (Spain)
  • Doru Roman - 25.10.2014, Capitol Hall , Timişoara (Romania)
  • Doru Roman - 06.12.2014, National University of Music Bucharest (Romania)
  • Ellery Trafford - 27.06.2015, Palisades, Brooklyn (USA)
  • International Ensemble Modern Academy - 16.09.2016, Florian-Waldeck-Saal, Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim (Germany)
  • Miquel Vich Vila - 04.04.2018, Salle Messiaen, Grenoble (France)
  • Frames Percussion - 27.04.2018, Centre d'Art Fabra i Coats, Barcelona (Spain)
  • Oded Geizhals - 25.06.2018, HaTeiva, Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Oded Geizhals - 30.06.2018, Chelouche Gallery for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv (Israel)
  • Joan Soriano - 30.03.2019, Centre Cultural Calixte III de Canals, València (Spain)
  • Joan Soriano - 29.05.2019, Auditori Alfons Roig, Valencia (Spain)
  • Nick Reed (Ensemble Aventure) - 07.05.2021, Online


As in the poem by James Joyce carrying the same title, this piece refers to the acoustical and semantic effect of water when interacting with different objects. The driving force of the piece is the beatings created when the player plays on two similar glasses while one is being filled with water. The water itself creates here a counterpoint of the modifying pitch of the glass and the "noise" created while it's being poured. The acoustical implications of the water are being the source of the sound fantasy that initiates the rest of the piece - sounds of big waves and little drops are juxtaposed and contrasted.