Defense Date

4-30-2005

Graduation Date

2005

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MM

Department

Composition

School

Mary Pappert School of Music

Committee Chair

Lynn Purse

Committee Member

Carole Riley

Committee Member

Judith Bowman

Committee Member

William Purse

Keywords

composition, delay, distortion, effects, Electronic, music technology, String Quartet

Abstract

Electronic String Quartet #1 by Ted Smoker incorporates the expressiveness of live string performance with the sonic capabilities of music technology through the use of electronic effects processing. This piece incorporates pitch-set theory, polytonality, Lydian and Phrygian church modes, microtonal pitch sweeps, and percussive effects. The electronic effects used in the composition were reverb, delay with tempo control, tube-amplifier distortion, and flanger or filter sweep generator. It is intended to be played by five performers -- string instrumentalists and sound engineer. A notation for the electronic effects was invented to provide a clear, simple, and precise system for manipulating the effects in real-time.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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