The title ‘Nu’ has the double meaning of ‘now’ in Dutch and ‘naked’ in French. The piece explores the naked significance of ‘now’, so to speak, in terms of direct sonic experience as well as deeper levels of meaning.
‘Nu’ also explores the realm of hidden sounds. Some sounds hide behind some texture, while others hide in between the dynamic of events that push themselves to the foreground.
Two quite distinct general types of soundmaterial are found in the piece. The first is material of a long, sustained nature, varying from dry and sharp drones that have a very unpolished appearance, to warmer and more subtile moving textures that are more sophisticated in nature. The second is material of an abrupt and/or unstable nature, also varying from dry, clear cut, and noisy events that are direct and rough in appearance, to more subtile, less tangible events that are more processed and coloured in appearance.
From one point of view the piece describes an ongoing struggle to break out of narrow and confined situations into wider, more expansive realms. And on another level, ‘Nu’ explores the naked, desolate nature of the existential question of ‘now’.
The piece was realized in 2002 in the composer's studio, and is dedicated to Daisaku Ikeda for his unceasing efforts for World Peace.