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String quartet (1988)

As one of the instrument combinations that has proven to be a real survivor through music history, the string quartet has fascinated me since a long time. I realised that there was little or nothing that I could do to create anything remotely resembling true originality in the sense of bringing new ideas to the form. However, moving the whole concept to another platform gave me the inspiration needed to unfold some visions of how to treat the formal and aural aspects of this specific string combination. Today String quartet, as a tape composition, may be regarded as a bit crude, based, as it is, on a sampling technology, which at the time was state of the art, but today may be viewed as antique. But the structure and energy of the piece still gives it an edge that I like. “String quartet” received an honorary mention in Prix Ars Electronica 1990.

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