Have been listening too an enormously satisfying double album from The NOISE String Quartet. http://www.thenoise.com.au/TheNoiseSite/HoME.html
Composed Noise is as it is described: New Works for Improvising String Quartet. The 7 commissioned pieces combine composition with improvised elements.
This project and recording is a really wonderful development for Australian Contemporary Music and the quartet and the label Vexations 840 are to be congratulated.
The pieces are:
Rosalind Page: “Zerkalo” (Mirror) for string quartet, percussion and electronics
Andrew Batt-Rawden “28” for string quartet, electronics and video score
Alex Pozniak Force Fields for electric string quartet
Paul Cullan Merge/Emerge for string quartet
Andrew Ford String Quartet No.4 for string quartet and recorded voices
Lyle Chan Smoke Weather Stone Weather (from String Quartet) Ten bagatelles for string quartet and playing cards
Amanda Cole Ecliptica for string quartet, electronics & optional light metronome
The NOISE String quartet are: Veronique Serret and Mirabai Peart violins, James Eccles viola and Oliver Miller cello.
Buy this album.