'..BY THE ATMOSPHERE OF A ROOM' (2016)
for string quartet and electronics
Commissioned by Larry Goves for his 'Decontamination' Concert Series, RNCM, (01/11/16)
'For string quartet and electronics, ‘..By The Atmosphere Of A Room’ seeks to create a dense, ambient environment to reflect infinity. Inspired by the interests and piano works of Pierre Boulez, who has been referred to as ‘An Eternal Musical Icon’ and an ‘Eternal Enigma,’ the piece is an immersive, and seemingly eternal, harmonic soundworld. Fragments influenced by the technique of integral serialism break through the texture and rise to the forefront to emulate Boulez’s compositional strategies. This occurs in the centre of the piece, framed by atmospheric textures, and is represented in both the string quartet and the electronics.
The title is taken from a quote by the artist Francis Bacon, who influenced the works of Boulez, written on the wall of the Francis Bacon Studio Exhibition, Dublin City Gallery.'
©Cover Image: 'By The Atmosphere Of A Room' by Grace-Evangeline Mason 2016