First, there was the "Transmigration" composed of the softly repetitive under sound, in the minimalist style, of previously recorded voices speaking from another time, another place. The brief words and phrases of the modulated voices were taken directly from the pages of The New York Times and other public postings in the days after the collapse of the Twin Towers and the attack on the Pentagon and the loss of Flight 93. Recurring words and phrases — missing, shalom, remember, I loved him from the start — were hidden just beneath the voices of the choral groups and orchestra singing to us in the here and now. This connectedness between the temporal and the everlasting fulfilled the deeply serious modes of John Adams' intention. He wanted this "sound collage" to bring us to a state of being that embraced both "gravitas and serenity."