for string quartet
selected for performance for the University of Iowa String Quartet Residency Program, 2015
Premiered by the JACK Quartet at the University of Iowa
JACK Quartet, University of Iowa
Abrade juxtaposes, collides, and convolves the transients and resonance of tap dance. I gathered source material by tap dancing on a resonant, wooden platform and performed a spectral analysis on the recordings. Through contrast and interpolation, the material weaves a non-linear narrative from the nexus to the decay of sound. By re-contextualizing the order (i.e. the decay beginning the gesture), the actual sound is brought into question – does it still resemble the source material? Through abstraction, the source material becomes less rendered.