4/4 for electronic organ (2010)
I was essentially out of ideas ever since composing a violin piece for Todd Reynolds a few months ago. I go through these phases where I write a work and am suddenly bereft of ideas; this has been plaguing me probably since the 70’s or so. But eventually I get my bearings, find my muse, etc. and the next piece ushers forth. My dry period wasn’t that long, actually, but it sure felt that way. I started playing around with some ideas on 6/13 on my keyboard back in Wyncote, and at first I wasn’t that taken with the improvisation that I dumped into Reason 4.0.1, but most of it grew on me and I went ahead in Palo Alto with developing it into a piece. It ended up a bit shorter than I initially thought it would be-only 23 minutes or so-but since the work is nothing more than a continuous stream of 16th notes, it’s probably best that this didn’t drag on too much longer.