commissioned by the Carlsbad Music Festival for the Calder Quartet
All audio mediums inherently contain flaws that make them compelling in their own ways: the hiss and pops of vinyl records, the skips on a scratched CD, and mp3 compression errors were incosistencies that have come to represent an era in music. In the age of digital reproduction, a player's mistake on an acoustic instrument such as a tiny variation in pitch or an accidental scratch in the midst of otherwise "normal' playing style, can now read as a glitch. These accidents form the conceptual basis for this piece. The electronics consists of processed and distorted string recordings while the quartet itself plays it's share of intentional pops, hisses, fragmentary melodic motifs and other inconsistencies that comment on or reflect back to the track.
”Blum&Poe w Calder Quartet does Dan Wohl’s “glitch” Shostakovich meets Coil” – Sasha Grey via Twitter
“Mr. Wohl’s ingenuity was evident…deeper than the cleverness at it’s surface” –- Steve Smith – New York Times
“virtuosic wildness” Allan Kozinn - New York Times