The orchestral piece Paragraph/Parenthesis was composed after the poem “since feeling is first…” by e.e.cummings. A special set of software tools developed in order to compute and organize the stream of data that constitute the piece. The fundamental idea that underlies the structure of the piece is based on the construction of mult-leveled isorhythmic talea that drive various frequency aggre- gates. Since this parametric system was very sensitive one, a large amount of experiments were performed in order for the final mate- rial to be selected.

The premiere of the piece took place at Metz, France by Lorraine Symphony Orchestra on July 2001 under the direction of Jacques Mercier.

since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;
wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are a better fate
than wisdom
lady i swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
–the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death i think is no parenthesis

e.e.cummings