Roulette: FLUX Quartet - Hans Tammen’s Skeuomorph
Event by Roulette.
FLUX Quartet presents the world premiere of Skeuomorph—Hans Tammen‘s sonic hybrid of FLUX’s acoustic sounds and their electroacoustic counterparts, the result of a 20-year investigation of electroacoustic live processing. Using dynamics, textures, rhythms and timbres as primary elements, the music is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear.
A Skeuomorph is a design feature that begins in one era but lives on in another, so the score draws from electronic music procedures to write for FLUX Quartet. A wide sonic spectrum, bizarre timbres and textures, and virtuosic flourishes are contrasted with quiet pulses and barely audible noises—which in turn are sampled, altered, and electronically transformed, to reemerge in a strange overlap with their acoustic doppelgängers. The hour-long piece is divided into seven parts, with each of the five performers (as well as the string quartet alone) featured between sections.
Tom Chiu – Violin
Conrad Harris – Violin
Max Mandel – Viola
Felix Fan – Cello
Hans Tammen – Live Sound Processing