Program Notes

Five Songs was written for Owen Underhill and Christopher Butterfield as singers, and Rick Sacks, percussion. It was first performed at the Western Front in Vancouver in the fall of 1983.

Tidy away all your children’s toys in a toy cupboard, and the probability of finding part of a toy in a cubic centimeter is highly peaked in the region of the cupboard. Release a randomizing influence in the form of an unruly child, and the distribution for the system will soon spread.

Peter T. Landsberg

The principle of anarchy in art should be welcomed. Only this principle can lead to a glorious future, to a new renaissance. But this theory also should not turn its back on other courageous pathfinders. By discovering the new laws, art should rather lead to an even greater, more conscious freedom, to different new possibilities.

Thomas de Hartmann

To the extent that necessity is socially dreamed, the dream becomes necessary. The spectacle is the nightmare of imprisoned modern society, which ultimately expresses nothing more than its desire to sleep. The spectacle is the guardian of sleep.

Guy Debord

The line that describes the beautiful is elliptical. It has simplicity and constant change. It cannot be described by a compass, and it changes direction at every one of its points. This is easily said but hard to learn: no algebra can determine which line, more or less elliptical, will mold itself into beauty. But the ancients knew it, and we find it in their human figures and even their vessels. Just as there is nothing circular in the human body, so no profile of an ancient vessel describes a full circle.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann

External laws do not exist. If the inner voice does not rebel, everything is permitted. This is generally (and thus in art) the only principle of life that was proclaimed in former times by the great adepts of the verbum incarnata.

Thomas de Hartmann