contact;vault

Martin Arnold

contact;vault has been performed in Aarau, Amsterdam, Borås, Brno, Chicago, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Gothenburg, Guelph, Huddersfield, Montréal, New York City, Oslo, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver and Victoria…

“Vault” is the name of the long melody that makes up most of the material of contact;vault. It’s one of those polyvalent words that carry a few meanings that often seem quite opposed in character. In this case we have (at least) an enclosure and an action: a confining chamber for sealing something away and the act of propelling oneself over a barrier. I’m not putting these ideas in opposition. I like the idea of something confined and internal (that asks for careful, myopic attention) serving as a location from which all kinds of lines-of-flight can erupt and spill out a delirious associations and speculations which are activated in the listener and bump around together through the experience of the piece. The “Contact” in the title can also suggest many possibilities but I was mostly thinking of it in reference to the way the player produces sound, the way they make contact with their instrument. This is a crucial part of this composition in that I’ve tried to re-invent the string quartet, to turn it into a strange collection of quiet, insidious, and hopefully wonderful, discrete instruments.

contact;vault

  • Composer(s): Martin Arnold
  • Year of composition: 1997
  • Duration: 17:02
  • Instrumentation: string quartet
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Concerts
11 May 2003
ArnoldInderheesStiegler
In person
Düsseldorf (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)
18 May 2003
5:00 pm
ArnoldInderheesStiegler
In person
Aarau (Switzerland)
23 May 2003
8:30 pm
Série QB
ArnoldBeethovenStiegler
In person
Montréal (Québec)
12 Sept 2003
Série QB
ArnoldStieglerTenney
In person
Montréal (Québec)
6 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarry
In person
Dublin (Ireland)
9 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarryRizzutoTenney
In person
Gothenburg (Sweden)
10 Dece 2003
ArnoldKomorousTenney
In person
Borås (Sweden)
15 Dece 2003
ArnoldBarryRizzutoTenney
In person
Oslo (Norway)
19 Nove 2008
8:30 pm
ArnoldAyresKulentyOesterleVoorvelt
In person
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
26 Marc 2009
8:00 pm
ArnoldTenney
In person
Brno (Czech Republic)
24 Apri 2009
8:00 pm
Série QB
ArnoldPérotin
In person
Montréal (Québec)
8 Apri 2010
8:00 pm
ArnoldClementiFalaise
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
16 Sept 2012
11:00 am
ArnoldFreySchubertSkempton
In person
Aarau (Switzerland)
7 Sept 2014
6:00 pm
ArnoldFreyKondo
In person
Tokyo (Japan)
26 Nove 2014
5:00 pm
ArnoldLizéeSabat
In person
Huddersfield (England, UK)
29 Janu 2015
8:00 pm
ArnoldBaklaLangLizéeSieglerTenneyTopel
In person
New York City (New York, USA)
20 Sept 2017
6:00 pm
Arnold
In person Free admission
Toronto (Ontario, Canada)
23 Sept 2017
8:00 pm
Arnold
In person
Victoria (British Columbia, Canada)
3 Nove 2017
5:00 pm
ArnoldMacklayMedekšaitėNeyrinck
In person
Vancouver (British Columbia, Canada)
22 Febr 2018
6:00 pm
ArnoldMillerSmith
In person
Chicago (Illinois, USA)
17 Apri 2018
6:45 pm
ArnoldClementiSkemptonSmith
In person
Stockholm (Sweden)
20 Octo 2020
7:00 pm
Cancelled
ArnoldCage
In person
Quebec City (Québec)
23 Nove 2020
7:30 pm
Cancelled
ArnoldLiuReich
In person
Montréal (Québec)
19 Sept 2021
8:30 pm
Arnold
In person
Guelph (Ontario, Canada)
Broadcasts
Date Work Program
Friday, March 11, 2016 Martin Arnold, contact;vault (1997), 17:02 Radio Horizon 93.9 FM (South Africa)