Writing table of contents was suggested to me by the percussion duo formed by Doug Perkins and Todd Meehan, both of whom I knew well from their days as members of So Percussion. My original idea for the piece was a visual image that reminded me of the television variety shows of my youth - someone would come out onstage and make music by picking up an odd array of noise makers, in lightning succession, all of which produced sound in different ways. When I presented this piece to Todd and Doug I mentioned that I imagined that all the odd objects in the piece should be set out on a table, to be picked up and animated in turn. They told me I was crazy. So we suspended the instruments on racks instead. But the idea of the table and its contents remains, if only in the title.