Meant to be

By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 7, 2009

Good art will always be judged by its composure, and chance, as exciting as it can be, may always be seen as a step down from intention. But there's a mix of studious playfulness and reckless control at work in the Books' music that makes it human — meaningful, despite its aversion to meaning. A little idiosyncrasy can go a long way.

"We don't want to derive our material, we want to elevate it," says Zammuto. "We're in the unique position of being able to go through massive amounts of material. And it's stuff on its way out. In the end, the music is about a sensitivity toward the patterns that we see."

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