I write Cataclysm because I have developed a strong interest in synthesized sounds. All of the sounds in this piece are made through frequency modulation synthesis. This allows me to create complex sounds which I then can filter and process to create the final product. I also wanted to address my growing interest in sound mass and micro polyphony in this piece similar to that of Ligeti while controlling sound using broad parameters similar to Xenakis. By using synthesized sounds I could create a mass of voices which all have complex timbre which become one when heard close together. Using these sounds tried to create an atmosphere of all consuming darkness which will hopefully envelop the listener in it unstoppable implication of destruction.