The contents of 1998 are so wide-ranging they support most interpretations. The sounds are taken from so many musical worlds and are filled with resonances. In whichever direction you are facing, they and you are likely to coincide. You could say that a drama is being enacted here which will always be hidden because of the completely enigmatic nature of the sounds. Because there are no signposts it is very difficult to foresee the music's destination at any point - it is resolutely inconstant. If it were a painting it would be abstract with occasional figurative imagery - a thigh, a calf, those sounds which reassure - but these are illusory and unreachable.
Gerald Barry (b.1952)