• Joby Talbot
  • Manual Override (2007)

  • Chester Music Ltd (World)

Commissioned by Theatre Cryptic for Optical Identity, a presentation co-commissioned by Theatre Cryptic and Singapore Arts Festival. First performance given by the T’ang quartet on 31 May 2007 in Singapore.

  • String Quartet + electronics
  • 10 min

Programme Note

Manual Override is about machines & people. The quartet sets up a kind of musical automaton by sampling themselves playing, then interacting with the resulting loops in a series of complex rhythmic games. You know that feeling you get when things are sliding completely out of control? – you try to take charge then rather wish you hadn’t…

Joby Talbot, London, 28th March 2007


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