Relationships are predicated upon a sense of distance between ourselves and the
Other (people, homes, cities, etc.). How far are we from them at any given time? We bridge these distances through physical travel and surrogates for our physical presence, such as phone calls, texts, photographs, and emails. My sensitivity to distance has grown over the years, and Ive begun to view relationships as itineraries that denote points of proximity along paths of spatial divergence. Following an itinerary, we visit and revisit environments in which we construct relationships between ourselves and the Other across time and space. Maintaining relationships is about mitigating or negotiating distances through time. For me, music becomes a way to mark and come to terms with these distances and their implication. In the absence of the Other, we confront our awareness of the distancecumVoid, a more fundamental lack that presupposes ourselves. The irreducible distance between ourselves and the environments in which we persist indicates that we are here
. I approach composition as a way to frame my experience of an environment through the relational ability of sound, and in turn, place myself relative to everything else.