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In recent times ‘dance music’ musicians have explored, in the hedonistic context of the club, the ways that sound works with or on the body. It’s the way perception transforms through repetition. Attention to the grain of the pulse and the way it manipulates sensation. ‘Repetition and difference’ is something that philosophers and concert hall artists have also found consequent. There is also stillness at the centre of the dance act that is reminiscent of prayer or meditation. Dance is not about switching off. It’s actually hard to dance if you’re wasted. Contemplation though dancing maybe! But that’s a longer piece of writing.
While string quartet music is never going to ‘play’ in the dance hall I hope that some of the spirit and pleasure of that context has infected this work. Definitely Disco was commissioned by the Greenwich international String Quartet Festival.
from notes by Andrew Poppy © 2011