CAT# (YEAR COMPOSED): 23 (1995/2008)
INSTRUMENTATION: piano duo
DURATION (APPROX): 12’36
XHAIN was initially composed in Seoul, South Korea that uses in part, a translation of parts of DNA coding into music – here processes such as the double helix, ß globin replication, koans “throan room”, mRNA transcription and cytoplasm inspire a musical response.
Modern performance techniques are used including the use of heavy metal pieces lain on the strings, while at other times small metal pieces within a tinfoil boat are laid on the strings. Also the pedals are used in unusually active – even sometimes in agressive ways, such as when the opening clusters are produced by both forearms while at various times the pedals sustain, disrupt and/or disregard the keyboard actions.