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Nebulae & Episodes was composed in 2005. The
piece contains three substantial sections in which the performers must not
attempt to rhythmically coordinate their diffuse and fragmentary materials with
one another; by analogy ‘Nebulae’, which astronomically are defined as
diffuse masses of interstellar dust or gas. Unlike astronomical nebulae these
sections include some critical moments when the materials momentarily coalesce
in such a way as to hint at possible
relationships between the players which might potentially be developed.
These relationships, based
primarily on timbre (for example the two string instruments, or the piano and
vibraphone) give rise to much more defined materials which re-emerge
as longer episodes, strongly contrasting the ‘Nebulae’ from which
they were born. However, by virtue of their defined characters, these episodes
when juxtaposed or superimposed also conflict with one another, creating a
different type of contrast and tension within the piece as a whole.