Onset / Offset

Pete Stollery

Onset / Offset has been performed in Aberdeen, Basel, Belfast, Berlin, Birmingham, Brussels, Cagliari, Denton, Edinburgh, London, Montréal, Scarborough, Sheffield and Stanford…

“Onset — beginning; attack; articulation; impulse; an event marking a notable change of state.

Offset — displacement; perceptible delay in time; measurable distance in space; dislocation.

Onset / Offset explores the interplay between the real-world connotations of recognisable sounds and their spectromorphological characteristics (their purely sonic qualities). The resulting ambiguities lead to some startling displacements and dislocations between events/articulations and their continuations/extensions.” — Jonty Harrison

Onset / Offset was realized in summer 1996 in the Electroacoustic Music Studios of the University of Birmingham (UK) and the studios of Northern College (Aberdeen, Scotland) and premiered on June 25, 1996 at the Filmhouse (Edinburgh). It received Honorable Mentions at the Stockholm Electronic Arts Award (Sweden, 1996) and the 1st Concorso Internazionale di Composizione Musicale Elettronica Pierre Schaeffer (Pescara, Italy, 1998).


  • June 25, 1996, Concert, Filmhouse, Edinburgh (Scotland, UK)



Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21
stereo fixed medium



Date Work Program
November 21, 2006 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Rai Radio 1 (Italy)
January 16, 2007 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Délire actuel / CFLX 95.5 FM (Canada)
April 1, 2007 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Radio Horizon 93.9 (South Africa)
May 3, 2007 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Opposition de phase / RCV Lille 99 FM (France)
May 21, 2007 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Wreck This MeSS / Radio Patapoe: Adventures in UNsound (Netherlands)
July 22, 2020 Pete Stollery, Onset / Offset (1996), 7:21 Electronic Frequencies: Special BEAST / Concertzender (Netherlands)