Out of the Woodwork

Out of the Woodwork (9’)


Out of the Woodwork (idiom): alluding to insects crawling out of the interior wooden fittings of a house, such as baseboards and moldings. In life: Secrets or news emerging from obscurity or a place of seclusion…

Out of the Woodwork is a work for quartet (violin, viola, cello and bass), and live electronics. It also has a tape part. The tape part uses branches as its source material. When I composed the work, I aimed for the players to blend into the electronics as much as possible. As I tend to focus on sound rather than melody when I compose, I use a number of extended techniques for string instruments which are then enhanced by electronics.

In order to keep the piece as flexible as possible, I wrote the work so that the tape element will ‘drop in’ rather than being time based and all the processing of the instruments is done live in realtime using a DAW and plugins. The main processes used are tape delays, GRM Delays, GRM Shuffle and GRM Comb Filters.

The live processing allows for flexibility within a live performance. The piece can be performed on either acoustic or electric instruments. It will work equally well on both.

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