Quartet for Single Piano
Impulse/Resonance (2019) is a quartet for single piano written for the ensemble Yarn/Wire which seeks to explore two different concepts, that of the relationship between an impulse and its resonance, and mirrored, or invertible, structures. The impulse and resonance relationships are developed by juxtaposing sharp, short impulses with very long, naturally decaying resonances that can result from those impulses. The balance of amplitude and density are mapped in parallel across time to create structures that can be reflected around a point to create almost symmetrical, albeit opposing, systems. There is a strong sense of A throughout the piece and an exploration of “false” overtone and undertone series generate much of the material for the piece. Particularly the long, decaying resonances are generated by these pseudo-harmonic series that are not based on the reality of any existing sound.