I wrote "Atmen" following a Family Vacation from Hell in the southern
Swiss Alps.  Because of a medical emergency, I spent about two weeks
in the Spital Interlaken while my wife and children trekked about the
glorious mountains around Grindelwald in the summer of 2000.  At least
I had a nice view of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau peaks from my
hospital room, and (according to the night nurse) the room rates were
cheaper than the main hotel in town.  The sounds I use in the piece
come from souvenirs we brought back from the "vacation".