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By itself the title, AMP, could denote several different things. In this case it is actually an abbreviation for “amphetamines.” Amphetamines are substances taken to boost energy, mood and confidence, as well as to suppress appetite. AMP was written “in memory of Brian,” who was a much beloved, talented, and accomplished student of the composer who died of a drug overdose. AMP begins with a wall of chaos representing the climax of an addicted episode. Then the first statement of “Brian’s” theme is stated in the clarinets with a two-note motive emulating the two syllables in his name while small cluster chords emulate the constant temptation of addiction. In fact, every time this two-note theme is heard one can readily imagine the emotions behind them. The middle section uses a famous chord progression from Radiohead’s Creep, which was one of Brian’s favorite songs. The second chaotic episode occurs again which is followed by the return of the earlier driving section and leads to the fullest and loudest statement of Brian’s theme using the optional organ part with the full ensemble. The composition ends solemnly with the solo piano (which was Brian’s instrument) stating the theme in its most plain form. AMP was not written for Brian only, but also for “any others suffering from addiction.”