Everything is Real is one of series of pieces that consider the relationship between live musical material and electronically produced music. This work has a sister piece, Everything is an Illusion. But in this case there is no electronic part everything really is real.

What excited my about writing for Splinter Reeds is both their keen sense of ensemble playing and the variety of colours across the natural speaking voices of this instrumental combination. I tried to make use of both these qualities here wherein the instruments follow wide-ranging, interwoven lines to form a kaleidoscope of rotating colours that shifts repeatedly across the range of all the instruments.