Soon to finish an advanced course of study at the Johns Hopkins’ conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland, Stephen Edwards is a young American composer who’s already written quite a few pieces, in some of which a revival of musique concrète is afoot, while in others it’s a subtler influence that that kind of music exerts. In both he shows himself to be playfully serious.

To be more specific: the skill with which he transforms the noises made by animals – insects at the one extreme, whales at the other – into the sounds of something like percussion or wind instruments, and integrates them into real compositions, is remarkable.