amplified string quartet + live electronics


Duration: 17’02

Commissioned by JACK Quartet with support from the Earle Brown Foundation, Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg, and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Premiered by JACK Quartet at the DiMenna Center, co-produced by TIME:SPANS Festival (New York, USA) August 18th, 2018

Additional performances by JACK Quartet include:

Orpheum Annex co-produced by Vancouver New Music (Vancouver, Canada), October 18, 2018 



Rolston Hall at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (Banff, Canada) - 2019
Vienna Konzerthaus (Vienna, Austria) - 2020
Elbphilharmonie (Hamburg, Germany) - 2020
Boulez Saal (Berlin, Germany) - 2020


Performance interface developed with programming and design support from Constantin Popp of the Experimentalstudio des SWR Freiburg.


Temple Grandin’s hug machine let a person be enveloped without touch from another.
There is an enveloping space that sound and sound-feel can make with bodies. (There are so many layers there!)
Pulsation is intimate, innate to cellular life. Magnified, tremors are re-cast — can be forces that destabilise:
Hammer-action is rocking-action re-oriented. The underbelly of each moment thrumming in shifting resolutions, intensities and frictions of underlying fibrillation.

    “Stone doesn’t vanish, though: it explodes.”

                - Renee Gladman
                  The Ravickians