NORTH SEA QUARTET

ELECTRIC GUITAR, PERCUSSION, PIANO & SYNTHESIZER · 2017


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An intensely rhythmical work in which four instruments form a sea of energetic pulses. Each instrument moves in its own time and with its own harmony, forming musical waves that flow in and out of one another.

The musical language of North Sea Quartet is based upon the archetypal narrative structures and devices described in Christopher Bookerʼs Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, a work which is reflective of the ideals instilled within Islandia via its description of challenges and voyages undertaken. Originally, the musical representation of these structures and devices (such as ego/self, nyktomorph, above the line; below the line) were created under the working title Quaere: A Musical Setting of Narrative Structures, but Elms found that his own experience of “voyage and return” — or lack of return — prompted the music to adapt to the depiction of his own creative journey.

North Sea Quartet represents a significant period of time in Elmsʼ creative life. It is a commentary upon the creation of new artistic works and how, unlike the narrative archetypes described by Booker, the creators of such works do not necessarily return to their point of origin, but continue onwards; changed.

1 ELECTRIC GUITAR

with on-stage amplifier · volume, reverb and delay signal processors

1 PERCUSSION

vibraphone (F3-F6) · tubular bells (D4, F#4, G#4; B4) · tuned gongs (C2, D2, E2, F2; G2)

1 PIANO
1 SYNTHESIZER

with on-stage amplifier/p> DURATION: c.7 MINUTES
PUBLISHED BY MUSIC SALES
ALDEBURGH, NOV 2015 (First Sketch)