727 was inspired by an artwork of the same name by Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The composer first encountered the work during an art exhibition, and was immediately struck by it. He found himself drawn into the work, and was transfixed by the vague, obscure background and the grotesque being it depicts. While viewing it, he found himself imagining it as music, and quickly created a sketch of the distant, otherworldly sounds he imagined. These sketches eventually grew into 727, an orchestral work depicting a vague, barren landscape and a grotesque, pop-art monster.