This is the middle piece in my Culture series, which is an exploration of the effects that today’s
cultural context has on making our music what it is. The text for the piece is taken from a junk
e-mail message—certainly among the more recent of literary genres. It attracted me because it is
composed entirely of monosyllabic words, with no repetition; a kind of heterogeneous stream
that strikes me as contemporary.
The middle section of the piece is indeterminate or open: the performers decide how the musical
materials will be presented. This is also something that I take from the Culture theme, because the
multiplicity of possibilities, endless variegation, and the impossibility of finding “right” answers
seem to me important cultural problems today.