Chaosmos
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There has been a resurgence of nostalgia as the average person seeks an order in the modern world of constantly changing rules and shrinking timespans. The concept of Chaosmos, explored by James Joyce, responds by developing the polarity between disorder and order, liberty and rules, Chaos and Cosmos. In Joyce’s Finnegans Wake, these concepts are not opposites but part of a larger continuum. "...every person, place and thing in the chaosmos of Alle anyway connected ... was moving and changing every part of the time...as time went on as it will variously inflected, differently pronounced, changeably meaning vocable scriptsigns." Chaosmos recognizes that order and disorder are symbiotic, and that the boundaries between them are somewhat undefined.

Chaosmos begins with a vast ‘disordered’ section, composed using randomizing techniques. As the piece progresses, the work becomes more ‘composed’, but it never looses sight of the opening passages. Eventually, the piece settles into something which seems order-bound, but chaos is not completely conquered. Towards the end of the work, chaos manifests itself by disrupting the musical discourse with sudden shifts in rhythm or jarring accents. The score for Chaosmos was completed in February 1995, and was revised in May, 1997. The score is dedicated to my teacher and friend, Rolv Yttrehus.