for string quartet and electronics, 6' 30"
Premiered by Gioia Gedicks, Maya Giles, Ying Su and Hannah Soren at the Boston Conservatory, on 6th November, 2018. This piece was further edited, and performed by Gioia Gedicks, Michelle Guzman, Robert Bruce and Hannah Soren on the album Playlists.
Playlists was recorded, mixed and mastered by Maurice Soque Jr., and released on 15th July, 2020.
Extended Play is a piece for string quartet and electronics that utilizes ideas from several different genres I listen to. Inspired by the trap-influenced metal of bands like Polyphia, I sought to employ certain elements of these genres within the sort of Post-minimalist writing I was doing at the time. The piece uses the kick as a key structural element, allowing the music to get more and more aggressive from its initial, relaxed, almost cute starting point. The piece then devolves into mayhem before being brought back again.
About the album Playlists
Playlists sets to incorporate my electronic influences within my contemporary classical practices. The aim was to contextualize instruments traditionally found in the classical music world, within the realm of the modern listener by utilising relatable sounds heard in modern music.
At the same time, the album was constructed on almost with a sense of irony - the idea of streaming playlists and their effect on the structure and length of modern songs was very interesting to me. To catch more listeners and highly competitive playlists, songs tend to start right with the hook, within the first 30 seconds of music. I played around with this idea by adding hooks within this timeframe, or extended the hook right after the 30 second limit (which is what you need to reach for monetization), and just not using a hook at all. Understanding this is not important to understand the music in this album, but is more of a fun inside joke.