Mary Pappert School of Music
composition, delay, distortion, effects, Electronic, music technology, String Quartet
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.
Smoker, T. (2005). Electronic String Quartet #1 (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/1220