ARCUS is based on the sound phenomenon of a bowed string. Comparable to the view through a microscope, the acoustic aspects of this sound production are highlighted and musically thematized. The electroacoustic feed based on the sounds of a viola makes this aspect of sound production the focus of the composition through the proximity of microphoning and various primarily filter-technical procedures and transpositions. The string quartet – also reproduced by microphones through loudspeakers – engages in a musical dialogue with the electronic sounds.
for string quartet and electronic music
ca. 9 min.
Studio for New Music Ensemble
Michael Obst is a composer, pianist, and teacher. He began his successful composing career with electronic music and subsequently composed works for music theater, film and concert halls. His experience as a pianist with the Ensemble Modern, enriched his understanding of contemporary music. After 25 fulfilling years of teaching, he is now excited to once again concentrate on his own composition projects.