When I think about what composing means for
me, I would say it has a lot to do with making decisions about how to use my
materials. Making decisions also means deciding what you are definitely not
going to use, which means drawing a line on the map and saying to yourself,
O.K. that's a line I'm not going to cross when I write this new piece.
When you build something you have to take pegs and string and stake out in the
earth where you want the rooms to be. But before you build anything, one room
has to be already standing, the one where you pencil plans and affect how the
final thing will look.
With every new piece I do, the plans change completely. They even change within
one piece, from movement to movement, from part to part and from layer to layer.
I like what happens in a building when the various rooms turn out to be very
different from each other. It's not about showing people how incongruous everything's
got to be, it's about sometimes having no other option but to create things
that are incommensurable.
Alexander Stankovski, edited and translated by Stephen Ferguson