Before main voices come in, a variety of clashing percussion (electronic keys and cymbal) begin with a noisy, turbulent backdrop. A few measures into the movement, a unison choir comes in, chanting single fragmented syllables that constitute a variety of random phrases. These words are separated by random rests, and do not seem to cooperate at all with the underlaid percussion. There is no main melody or apparent theme. Each fragmented syllable lingers around the same notes as the syllables before it. The overall timbre of this movement is rather harsh and cacophonous; it is not warm or pleasant to the ear.
The rhythm, although syncopated, is very mechanical and robot-like. It is hard for the listener to predict where any subsequent beat will fall. In the beginning, the syllables are interspersed by many rests, but as the piece progresses, many of the rests disappear and the voices come in quicker and quicker. Towards the end, the tempo seems to slow back down, and the voices are meshed together and drawn out longer.
Throughout the movement, the dynamic stays relatively constant, although there are occasionally sections with crescendos followed by dramatic pauses. The majority of the piece is loud and cacophonous; it does not die down to a piano dynamic until the very end.