shift creates a net or a web in which everything
is connected, in which the fundamental level is the connection itself
rather than the “things” connected. And the unfolding of
the piece (its shape or form) is the continual process of change (evolution/devolution/mutation) – the
shifting – of these connections.
No sound per se is specified in the score, only the relations among
the musicians. Each event produced by one musician arises in relation
to those produced by the others, and has consequences for all the others.
Each musician plays an electronic “instrument” of his own
design, which should have its own personal character and be clearly distinguishable
from those of the others. He must listen attentively to the others and
react, following a changing set of guidelines which is the score. Thus
while he is free to play whatever sounds he wants, all his actions are
conditioned by those of all the others around him, with and through whom
shift was composed for the ensemble CLSI, who premiered the
piece at Les Voûtes, Paris on 29 May 2009.