When I was at university, in addition to studying music I studied Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies. There was a significant focus in that course of study on Semiotics. Semiotics is the study of how one interprets symbols. Semiotics has informed my musical practice by making me aware of the mental processes that I undertake in my daily life. Each time I read music I am instantaneously recognising the pitch of a note, its duration, its articulation, and then linking that to the finger combination that is used to play that note, the tongue action, breathing technique and embouchure that I have to use to play that note realise the music that is on the page. And that process all happens before I try to express anything of my own!