I began the process of writing FrontBack with a little less organization that I've been using lately. I simply started with a transposition of mode two and just went from there. It felt pretty liberating actually, and I enjoy the openness of what resulted. However, it's a little less natural for me to write in this way, because I usually like my pieces to be very simple, depicting one or two ideas clearly. It's my feeling that pieces like that are good for improvisation because they suggest a clear direction. Even the mood of this piece varies quite a bit. But in recording, I don't think that made it difficult to choose my improvisation direction. The ending of the piece suggests a point of departure, and the other moods in it were fun to explore after a while.
The title comes from the Unifying Principle, the core of macrobiotic philosophy:
1.) Everything is a differentiation of infinite Oneness.
2.) Everything changes.
3.) All antagonisms are complementary.
4.) There is nothing identical.
5.) What has a front has a back.
6.) The bigger the front, the bigger the back.
7.) What has a beginning has an end.