From the recording The Fuzzy Dice Man Cometh
The original title for this was “The Dice Man Cometh,” but I was made aware of a book with that title and added “Fuzzy.” Anyway, “Fuzzy” is appropriate considering the composition is about life before, during and after rehab. It made sense for the first movement of represent a restless apnea sleeper facing another day of chaotic behavior culminating in a self-contained crisis; the second movement is the recovery, and the third portrays the reentry into society with a more melodious mode and mood; moving from dissonance to consonance (or least my idea of consonance).
Twelve, 12-sided musicians’ dice were rolled twelve times yielding twelve 12-tone rows. Artistic license determined which row was most appropriate for the foundation of the piece. The full row is used as well as segments of the row; some backward. In the first movement there is an underling bass pattern of augmented fourths and fifths modulating through various regions and in the third the pattern resolves the fourth and fifth. Starting in the key of C Root the piece modulates through several changes ending on C# Major. Throughout, the melody line and the modulated Root determined the chords. Neighboring notes of the melody note in the tone row were used for chord formation as well as preferred progressions.