Recently went into a short discussion about program notes of contemporary, abstract acoustic pieces (electroacoustic pieces utilizing real-life sound sources will inevitably evoke a different set of expectations and images, not everyone is a fan of, or is capable of extensive reduced listening as advocated by the like of Pierre Shaeffer). Although I admit that most of my program notes, or even titles, only occurred to me as usable after the fact (double bar per se), and sometimes I have to actively search for them; they are not completely irrelevant in that they could usually quite accurately (well... or vaguely) convey the images I "saw" during my compositional process. Coming up with a paragraph of descriptive ideas could certainly enhance the effect of the overall image I try to convey in my music. That being said, I think titles and program notes are parts of the compositional process--writing them are certainly as painful as writing notes.
October is going to be exciting, events after events, and premieres--I'm also looking forwards to seeing old friends at EABD, as well as EMM, and hoping to meet new ones at Seoul towards the end of October. While maintaining an active performance schedule, I am also composing, so that's good. But, so much to do, too little time to think... just like always. And, I'm still digesting everything from IRCAM this summer.