for piano and live electronics
Commissioned by Keith Kirchoff.
Live recording by Keith Kirchoff.
The titles (which were each chosen before any of the music was composed) --ground state, projectile motion, escape velocity, Planck's waltz, and approaching entropy-- give each étude's narrative a particular challenge, or sense of tension between where the music is going and how it gets there. These titles --borrowed concepts of quantum mechanics and kinematics-- are areas in which I have absolutely no authority (which is probably what makes them inspiring to me). But like many of my fellow composers, I find layperson-geared explanations of physics highly evocative, sparking exciting ideas about relationships between musical narrative and motion in the physical world.