The Restoration of Objects [2008]

string quartet [14’]

written for the JACK Quartet

further reading

Towards a Figural Paradigm in Music: Capture of Forces and Logic of Sensation in Geometries de l'abime (LeBlanc), In Vivo (Cendo), and The Restoration of Objects (McCormack) by Jimmie LeBlanc in The Dark Precursor: Deleuze and Artistic Research. Published by Leuven University Press. Paulo de de Assis & Paolo Giudici, editors. [March 15, 2018]

The Techniques of Violin Playing (Irvine Arditti & Robert HP Platz). Published by Bärenreiter. [2013]

Listening Through the Fractal: The Anatomy of Density in Three Recent Pieces in "The Second Century of New Music: Search Yearbook Volume 1" (Cox, Brió, Sigman, Takasugi, editors). Published by the Edwin Mellen Press. [August, 2011]

Instrumental Mechanism and Physicality as Compositional Resources [thesis for the MPhil degree at the University of Huddersfield] [September, 2010]

Forcing the Catastrophe: An Interview with Timothy McCormack Interview by Robert Dahm on Sound is Grammar [July, 2010]

10 for '10: Timothy McCormack - profile and interview by Tim Rutherford-Johnson. Published in The Rambler [February, 2010]

performance history

12/9/2009 - Ensemble SurPlus. E-Werk. Freiburg, Germany

8/22/2009 - Ensemble SurPlus. Sommerakademie Schloss Solitude. Stuttgart, Germany

3/26/2009 - JACK Quartet. University of Huddersfield. England



"[T]his is, for me, a very accomplished piece. The sound of four string instruments, and the striated treatment of their technique, give the whole a sonic homogeneity that belies the intensity of activity beneath the surface." - "10 for '10: Timothy McCormack", Tim Rutherford-Johnson [ The Rambler ]

"Am unkonventionellsten dabei fraglos "The Restoration of Objects" für Streichquartett von Timothy McCormack: eine knapp zwanzigminütige, amorphe, doch intensiv bewegte Klangmasse, die das traditions geadelte Quartett-Kolorit in ungewohnter Körperlichkeit erklingen ließ. Technisch und interpretatorisch ein Kraftakt [...]"   -"SurPlus goes Solitude", Gero Schreier [ published in the print edition of Badischen Zeitung ]

Translation: "On this concert, the most unconventional was unquestionably "The Restoration of Objects" for string quartet by Timothy McCormack: a nearly twenty-minute, amorphous, yet intensely moving mass of sound, which ennobled the traditions of complexist quartet-color [and] sounded in an unusual physicality.  Technically and interpretively a tour de force [...]" [translation by Timothy McCormack. Please email me if you have a better translation.]