for TTBB ensemble and electronics


the air is full

Nicholas Cline’s the air is full is an incredible piece that merges electronic and vocal sounds into a singular experiential soundscape. The crux of this work’s success is transitions and timing with the electronic elements. It’s important to treat the electronic sounds as a unique vocal element and give them the same attention, care, and space as one of your singers.

Equally important is giving attention to the source poetry.Though there isn’t any text to this work, the chosen vowel sounds are deconstructions of the Wendell Berry poem from which Cline takes inspiration.


Pay careful attention to the composer’s instructions and the music will begin to come alive.




I make music for voices, acoustic instruments, and by electroacoustic means. Deeply influenced by the natural world, my music draws on a broad range of subjects and experiences with the belief that music reveals, challenges, and shapes the listener’s understanding of the world. Upcoming projects include collaborating with The Crossing in a performance and recording of my work, Watersheds, for 24 voices, tenor saxophone, and live electronics.


My music has been performed by Spektral Quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble, Ensemble VONK, Bienen Contemporary/Early Vocal Ensemble, Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble, Jeff Siegfried, Jena Gardner, Square Peg Round Hole, Stare at the Sun, Constellation Men's Ensemble, and F- Plus. I have presented my music at festivals and conferences in the US and in Europe and my work is featured on the SEAMUS electroacoustic miniatures recording series: Re-Caged. I have been an artist- in-residence with High Concept Labs and the Chicago Park District. My principle teachers include Hans Thomalla, Chris Mercer, Jay Alan Yim, Aaron Travers, Don Freund, John Gibson, Jeffrey Hass, and Ilya Levinson. I studied at Northwestern University, Indiana University, and Columbia College Chicago. I live in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with my wife Mallory and teach composition and music theory at Appalachian State University.




Scores are sold as a digital download with rights for 10 copies. Each composer retains copyright of their work. Rights to perform, record, and re-print this electronic score are granted exclusively to the purchasing organization for only the number of scores purchased through the NOVA Editions website. If additional copies beyond those purchased are required, you must purchase additional licenses (in packs of 10) through this website. 


A reminder: Do not illegally perform or reproduce this music; the proceeds of these purchases directly support the composers in their work and livelihood. 

the air is full - Nicholas Cline

    Rest (John Milne)
    Famídoté (Eric Malmquist)
    Head Noise (Stephen Deeter)
    the air is full (Nick Cline)
    I had a white room (Nick Cline)
    Twilight Hours (Gregory Brown)
    PAX:NOX (Ryan Townsend Strand)
    Election Syndrome (Samara Rice)
    Embracing Vulnerability (Sean Ellis Hussey)