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These pieces are composed by reciting lines into a handheld cassette tape recorder while driving a car. With the recorder paused, I think of a short line, then I switch to record mode and recite the line, then pause the machine and conceive of the next line, and so on. The pause button is crucial since it enables me to be both spontaneous and intentional. My attention is also divided between composing and driving, so I'm less likely to get hung up on a line or to overthink a phrase. Furthermore, the moving car provides a sense of privacy in a frenetic and ever-changing setting, which allows me to be relatively uninhibited and to speak (or scream) in full voice. While these pieces are not recorded using a multitrack machine, I think of them as multitrack soundscapes: for example, the glitch of the pause button dividing the lines, the external sounds of the road interjecting themselves into the poems, and the tape hiss supplying a kind of lo-tech ambient backdrop.