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The Maple Fire of 2016 was the largest forest fire in Yellowstone National Park since 1988. The Mountain West is the most rapidly warming part of the United States, and as a native Montanan who now lives in Missouri, I watch from afar each summer as fires consume my home state. This has brought an anxiety into my life that I wanted to directly import into my work by using field recordings in an attempt to reposition the listener into the context of the work’s creation. The interior musical content of Maple both portrays this anxiety through lamenting, pitch-bent instrumental loops and dispels it with playful references to dance music. Maple is ultimately about my relationship to nature and technology, and how these two forces simultaneously inspire and unsettle my creative impulses.