working with her laptop

On my last album, ’Vespertine’, I became obsessed with my laptop and my laptop speakers : I was trying to make a bubble you could exist in, a paradise. For the string and music-box arrangements, I used a classical program called Sibelius, where you have all the instruments of a big orchestra in a laptop. You get a picture of sheet music and a mouse that operates as a pencil, so you write it out and press Play, then print it and hand the music to the orchestra.

Wired, january 2002