This work began by assembling non-linear cells from the prelude to darkness project. These cells were then arranged and given a quasi-dramatic (anti-) narrative, similar to the use of text in io paean. Textual samples are taken from a sermon broadcasted by radio in cambridge, ma, and the narration of a latin setting of oedipus rex. The form of the work is a diluted moment-form: each section (cell) of the work is an independent harmonic and textural entity, yet dovetails with adjacent sections. Cells communicate with each other in both directions, cells recalling/ foreshadowing textures, rhythms, and timbres. Most cells are created with tala-like rhythmic ostinati, often combining / superimposing odd meters.
Christopher Ariza performing live electronics with KIOKU. More information.