for drum set and live electronics
Composer: Paul Schuette
Chaos has a theory. Despite the implications of the word itself, the study of chaos has revealed that there is a high degree of order (and predictable disorder) in the places where we have observed chaos. Research in this field has lead to insights into turbulence, the formation of snowflakes and galaxies, and the rhythm of our own heartbeats. In fact, one might say that natural order itself is ruled by chaos. It quite literally surrounds us.
Simple systems can easily be described with simple equations. (Think of linear equations from high school). Therefore, it was always believed that complex systems, such as the one finds in nature, would require equally complex mathematics to describe. Remarkably, this is not true. Complex chaotic systems can be described with astonishingly simple equations. The complexity of nature is great, but it is perhaps even more wonderful to note that the logic which balances it all is in essence elementary.
Simply put, sliced attractor is chaotic music in this sense. It is complex music that is achieved through simple means. A simple (but chaotic) pattern permeates the piece and is found at all levels of magnitude, yet it is used to generate a high degree of complexity. This music is orderly in its disorder, predictably unpredictable, and simply complex.