D-ness program note Usually I have something I'd really like to say about a piece that I've written -- not so with "D-ness". I do get a kick out of listening to it, perhaps from hearing amazing hammered-dulcimer bluegrass players in my youth (the piano part reflect this style of performance), or maybe because I enjoy the range of synthetic timbres now readily available on typical home computers. For those who care about silly high-modernist nonsense, this is my reaction to so-called spectral music. You could think of this as a "spectral" piece, since most of the dynamism in the computer part comes only from timbral shifts. I am indebted to Perry Cook and Dan Trueman for developing the physical-modeling synthesis algorithms that made these digital sounds possible. The piece was originally commissioned by the Moebius Ensemble, and I'd like to thank Deborah Bradley for giving me a good excuse to write it. In any case, I hope you enjoy the music as much as I do!