This is prob­a­bly the only piece of music that was actu­al­ly inspired by ants. Actu­al­ly, that’s prob­a­bly not true, but I’m sure they are prob­a­bly pret­ty few and far between. Could be fun to reopen this one and actu­al­ly do some­thing with it.

Even Ants, Dammit

When I played this, it was the spring of 2002. I was liv­ing in Boston and had spent a few hours star­ing at the ants on the win­dow sill of my apart­ment, watch­ing them splash around in the rain and, con­trary to what I had pre­vi­ous­ly believed, the rain didn’t kill them. Oh yes, eye-open­ing rev­e­la­tions… let me tell ya. The result of spend­ing hours of my life con­tem­plat­ing ants was this love­ly piece of impro­vi­sa­tion­al chaos based on “When John­ny Comes March­ing Home.”

The rea­son I decid­ed to post this now is because I’ve spent the last few weeks deal­ing with a weird ant infes­ta­tion which has turned me into a weird hyper-vig­i­lant ant-nin­ja. I think I hal­lu­ci­nate them some­times… they’re every­where. Or are they? Any­how, the last time in my life I spent sig­nif­i­cant amounts of time active­ly con­tem­plat­ing the life and habits of ants was when this piece came to be. Heh, I guess every­thing real­ly does come around full cir­cle if you give it enough time. Like… every­thing. Even ants.

Leave a Reply