Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Music



First Advisor

Dr. Lisa Coons

Second Advisor

Dr. Maria Cristina Fava

Third Advisor

Dr. Carter Rice


music, composition, electroacoustic, electronics, string quartet

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


Mal_Functions is a four-movement work for string quartet and live electronic that takes as its subject the timbrally rich and expansive acoustic capabilities of a string quartet and twists, warps, and expands upon them with the addition of the live electronic processing. The addition of electronics acts as only an extension of the performer, and therefore, appears to be generated by the performers themselves - as opposed to the computer. The overall goal of this piece is to take a well-established object of the musical past (the string quartet) and add to it something from the present day (live electronic processing).

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