The concerns of this piece are the concerns of a computing age that gave way towards empathy
for machines and the desire for that personal relationship with their personal devices. The
personal laptop as best friend and the smart phone as companion and sometimes even as
The musical approach to the piece was aimed at exploring the microminimal characters of
rhythm and harmony. Wanting to make music with the most simple musical materials I quickly
realized I would have to deal with solving the problem of sounding mechanical and emotionless;
rhythmically I was making music with pulses and soon found that I could create motion and
dynamics by shifting or layering the pulses to create a type of tension/release through the
density of sound. I interweaved the quartet into the layers of glitchlike sounds by tap-delaying the
acoustic instruments and using their same gestures. Harmonically the piece uses as little notes
as possible arranging them throughout the spectrum. Making tension through
small intervals in hi registers and continuing to find the most reduced forms of musical feeling.
This piece was commissioned by the Gaudeamus Foundation, the NFPK and premiered by the Ragazze Quartet.