From the composer:
"When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" by Daniel Pink. Everybody has a chronotype, a pattern of circadian rhythms that influence our physiology and psychology. The first section is inspired by the three types of personalities: Owl (People who stay up late and sleep in), Larks (Rise early and go to bed early) and Third birds (Somewhere in between. 60-80% of us are Third birds). Scientists have found there is a pattern of peak, trough, and rebound of mood throughout the day. These mood patterns occur at different times of day based on chronotype, so you will hear a similar progression of rhythms and melodies in each instrument, but at different times. (In this section, Oboe is Lark, Clarinet is Thrid bird, and Bassoon is Owl). Eventually all three personalities reach the "trough", or low mood. The middle section is named "Nappuccino" which is the cup of coffee + short nap, lunch, or good deed which recovers your mood and helps the rebound for the remainder of the day. At first it sounds cacophonous or dissonant, and then it truns more diatonic or consonant as the "nappuccino" starts to take positive effect. The third section is "The Synchrony Effect" which is what happens when you align your type, task, and time of day--you have the greatest and most positive results when this happens. Similarly in music, when more than one voice comes together in synchrony, the positive effect is greater, mood is elevated, and beautiful and interesting music can be created. Chron3ffect was commissioned by the University of Northern Iowa for the Kairos Trio in 2018.