Roulette hosts the New York premiere of Eric Wubbels’ “being time,” a new large-scale composition for string quartet and quadraphonic electronic sound performed by leading new music ensemble Mivos Quartet. Wubbels is quickly gaining recognition for his deeply innovative compositional voice, marked by extreme ensemble virtuosity and wild sonic experimentation.
An attempt to make the structure and presence of time audible, palpable, and immediate, “being time” pushes Mivos Quartet towards a new frontier of timbral-fusion, extended just intonation, psychoacoustic phenomena, and emotional resonance. The piece unfolds over the course of one hour, partitioning itself into five large "Panels," each of which emphasizes a single aspect of musical time. The piece builds on composer/installation artist Maryanne Amacher's pioneering work with otoacoustic sound - deploying high sine waves to create vivid psychoacoustic illusions as well as sounds that seem to originate in the listener's ear itself, presented both in isolation and knotted with the acoustic sound of the string quartet.
Eric Wubbels is a composer, pianist, and co-director of the Wet Ink Ensemble.