Jacob Sachs-Mishalanie     


hover between something and something else

String Quartet & Electronics
Written for the Mivos Quartet
in residence at the CUNY Graduate Center, Spring 2018.

Finalist in the 2020 Lake George Music Festival Composition Competition.


In a scene towards the end of the film Through a Glass Darkly, an ambulance helicopter descends and a door in a house opens. Inside, Karin sees the door opened by god, while the rest of her family sees the door opened by vibrations and wind. In this piece, a recording of a helicopter, or white noise filtered to imitate the recording of a helicopter, act as a sound blanket, covering the acoustic string quartet. While some acoustic sounds emerge, most are hidden from ear. Amplification is used to generate an additional voice, distant and artificial, rather than to reinforce the acoustic sound. These voices may be heard as singular, inseparable, from a common source – or, detached, from different worlds, and irreconcilable – or, possibly, some uncanny place between.