String Quartet No 3 "Hardware"
Jacob Plooj, violin
Romano Crivici, violin
Rudi Crivici, viola
Emma Luxton, cello
Available on the Luminous album
Hardware is a piece that evolved over time, and was, in some senses a defining work of Elektra; I mean, it was hard, fast, and even when un-amplified and without effects, very ‘in your face’; a form of up-tempo, sonic brutality, which, when I wrote it I made sure gave us opportunities to improvise and “let-our-hair/strings down” and play around with over-the-top effects (our instruments went through electric guitar effects-boards and a looping device).
It was written with the particular (and peculiar) skills of each member of Elektra String Quartet in mind.
(Sadly the camera in this clip didn’t catch Rudi doing his viola solo, which in one review was described as “a lawn-mower in heat”.)