This piece was written for the Bang on a Can All-Stars.
spectral rock + avant-jazz meets + modernist structure
“The old junky found a vein ... blood blossoms in the dropper like a Chinese flower.” William F. Burroughs, Naked Lunch, p. 84.
The Burroughs text made me think that beauty can be found in a medium full of potential power and destruction. In writing for an amplified ensemble, I sought to create delicate textures that played against the insipient power of amplification and distortion.