Often initiated by images and ideas of abandoned places or things no longer used for their original purpose, Martin Stauning’s work centers on sound itself rather than as a representation of abstract ideas. Material economy is a distinctive trait in his musical language. Poetic sincerity and the absurd exist alongside each other as part of the same overall musical expression. “Atmende Steine” means “breathing stones”. Its eight short movements, played in quick succession, evoke an intimate and expressive sound world with an economy of means.