Shock and Loss

November 29, 2012: Samson Young, on his Electric Counterpoint,
commissioned by the Hong Kong Sinfonietta:

“I asked, ‘Can I use live electronics?’
And they said, ‘Yes.’
I asked, ‘and a click track?’
They said, ‘Yes.’
‘Game boy sounds?’
‘And I can wear an orange jumpsuit onstage?’

I was very disappointed . . . that I was unable to shock.”