The Scanner Quartet
. . for string quartet and computer

Scanner Quartet

ARTEksounds ART002 2013

The concerns of this piece are the concerns of a computing age that gave way towards empathy for machines and the desire for that personal relationship with their personal devices. The personal laptop as best friend and the smart phone as companion and sometimes even as trainer.

The musical approach to the piece was aimed at exploring the microminimal characters of rhythm and harmony. Wanting to make music with the most simple musical materials I quickly realized I would have to deal with solving the problem of sounding mechanical and emotionless; rhythmically I was making music with pulses and soon found that I could create motion and dynamics by shifting or layering the pulses to create a type of tension/release through the density of sound. I interweaved the quartet into the layers of glitchlike sounds by tap-delaying the acoustic instruments and using their same gestures. Harmonically the piece uses as little notes as possible arranging them throughout the spectrum. Making tension through small intervals in hi registers and continuing to find the most reduced forms of musical feeling.

This piece was commissioned by the Gaudeamus Foundation, the NFPK and premiered by the Ragazze Quartet.
past performances
Ragazze Quartet Tour Ragazze String Quartet
May 6th 2012
Ragazze Quartet Tour Ragazze String Quartet
Dec 8th 2011
Ragazze Quartet Tour Ragazze Quartet
Dec 1st 2011