Machine, Learning is a short string quartet that interrogates the possibilities of a sequence of intervals over the course of three movements. The first, Light Weight, subjects the sequence to several rhythmic processes. As the instruments chase each other in canon, they cycle rapidly through every permutation of the intervals.
The second movement, Hammerspace, tries at a more grammatically coherent sort of music by making a lilting tune from the same intervals, but it keeps getting jumbled, interrupted, or stuck.
Finally, in Earthly Bodies, the interval pattern is sufficiently slowed down as to reveal the melody hidden within the mechanism.