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In searching for a structure for his string quartet and contemplating the relationship between the acoustic sound of the instruments, their amplified sound and the modification and extension of their sound on tape, Souster stumbled on his basic shape; three concentric circles. Realizing that this was the basic layout of the Iron Age hill fort the ancient structure was to be the main influence for his work.
In performance, the concentricity governs not only the layout of the players surrounded by two rings of loudspeakers but also determines the harmonic and melodic structure, the instrumental groupings within the quartet and, in a sense the overall registers of the whole work which moves in a circular progression from high to low and back again.
from notes by Nic Pendlebury © 2007