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...and contribute to each other's support : for string quartet

by Benjamin Carey (2021)

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Performance by JACK Quartet from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 147.

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 147.

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Work Overview

symbiosis: n

Biology. Association of two different organisms (usually two plants, or an animal and a plant) which live attached to each other, or one as a tenant of the other, and contribute to each other's support. Also more widely, any intimate association of two or more different organisms, whether mutually beneficial or not.

...and contribute to each other's support is my first string quartet, and my first completely acoustic work to date. Symbiosis has been an important metaphor in much of my work navigating human and machine agencies in live electronic music. As a metaphor, symbiosis privileges interdependence over autonomy, which I've found useful in conceptualising relationships between players and machines, and between myself and my materials. This work began with an idea to place the quartet in a complex relationship with a 'living' software program, and to generate material and formal strategies through this human-machine interaction. But the medium of the string quartet itself had other ideas, exerting its own agency on the process, and this software was never written. Instead, a dynamic acoustic work emerged, a work exploring the interdependence between instrumental gestures, sonic materials and compositional intent. The work grew organically, section by section from the interactions between low-level materials, with each moment in the work depending on the previous, each section accumulating energy propelling it forward to the next. The result is a work about process, the symbiotic relationship between material and form.

Work Details

Year: 2021

Instrumentation: 2 violins, viola, cello.

Duration: 12 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Dedicated to JACK Quartet

Commission note: Commissioned by Liza Lim, Sydney Conservatorium of Music with funds provided by Create NSW.. Commissioned by the Sculthorpe Chair of Australian Music, Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

First performance: by JACK Quartet — 5 Oct 21. Online video premiere, recorded and filmed at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York, USA.


…and contribute to each other’s support: for string quartet

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5 Oct 21: Online video premiere, recorded and filmed at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, New York, USA.. Featuring JACK Quartet.

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