Where space is structureless light is most collaborative. It is in the weave of this light and space that Etc-tet gardens its multi-media paradise from the compost of media ephemera: manuscripts, magnetic tape, and archival source material, which becomes the ground from which freelancers plow, seed, and sprout new creative works. Creating a harvest for everyone’s benefit, so both audience and artist delight in being inseparable from the act. Contemporary writers, artist, and musicians, gain experience, exposure and income, while simultaneously engaging them with historical pieces which honor and expose unique and original works that might otherwise be lost. A creative continuity through the dialectic of interdependence is carried across generations to give momentum to future improvisations. Etc-tet summons an atmosphere of natural collaboration by fusing past with present that is, perhaps, rarely found in most collaborations that are frequently soiled by competitive edges gone dastardly. Etc-tet’s approach is attuned to the spirit of John Cage’s Europeras, where one could just as easily hear a truck aria roll by as a pianist steps away from the piano to play. Though “chance” arises regardless of the tossing of coins, or rolling of the dice it is often employed out of humility to our limited scope, and to invoke rings of influence greater still. However, augury and aliatory methods alone may invite unstructured space to light, but we also must be skilled in cultivating our craft to principle of particularity. I am reminded of a metaphor used by Tolstoy, comparing a conversation to the game of rolling hardboiled Easter eggs, we each have our little end and our big end, as we try to keep smooth in our wobbling dialogue. Now if those eggs were jumbling about one inside another like Fortunae dynamo of wheels within wheels. Our dialogue expands and often breaks open from our dainty shells to greater scope, wherein the insight is offered up as simple nourishment and breath.