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Published on Mar 6, 2013
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This piece went through more iterations over a greater period of time than probably anything else I've ever done. It started as a "holy moly" idea I happened across while I was practicing one day. There's a piano at my alma mater with a very glassy tone, and I discovered that a high broken chord played with both hands followed by a smashing low note sounded fantastic. The timbre of the piano gave the tone a two-tiered sound: an initial explosion of glassiness followed by the rest of the piano sound envelope, and it made me think of the buildup of electrostatic charge and then the sudden release of lightning. While I was toying with those ideas, the melody came to me, and I had the idea to base the piece around this idea of buildup and release. After ten years of cuts, additions and complete rewrites, the piece in its current form came into existence.