Processed Music Box, String Quartet, and Electric Guitar

Album on Populist Records

Refractions expands on my ten years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes. Composed for string quartet, electric guitar, and electronically processed music box, Refractions combines ethereal ambient electronics with contemplative acoustic timbres. Featuring performances from prog rock/metal guitarist Jeremy Kerner, the Isaura String Quartet, and Daniel Corral on music box and laptop, the music is a spacious continuum of composed structures, improvisation, and overlapping textures.

Refractions album

Released May 5, 2017 on Populist Records

Refractions (live at Automata)

From the album release show on May 6, 2017
Featuring the Koan String Quartet
The Isaura String Quartet couldn’t do it due to scheduling conflicts.


2017 press for Refractions

Christian Carey “this slowly evolving piece of music is spellbinding in its execution. Rather than foregrounding the incremental shifts of material, the listener is encouraged to bask in a wash of sounds, varied and lovely timbres that are deployed with enough independence to seem to have minds of their own.” 

Sequenza 21: “The cool ambient tranquility of Refractions is a much needed antidote to the raucous confusion that infests our daily lives; this music works to elegantly recharge us in a moment of restorative calm.” 

National Sawdust Log Journal: “A sublime study in anxious stasis and fleeting repose for string quartet, electric guitar, music box, and digital treatments…” 

Textura: “The music blossoms in the most peaceful of manners… the piece… presents an ever-mutating weave of softly glimmering electronics and fluttering acoustic timbres, and as it advances the impression forms of a spacious, ambient-styled composition that’s rooted in both pre-formed structures and improvisation.” 

MetalJazz: “Open-aired, shivery…”

Avant Music News: Pick of the week 

The Rest is Noise: Nightafternight playlist of “New and recent releases of interest” 

24700: “Refractions is a 45-minute electro-acoustic chamber piece that expands on Corral’s 10 years of exploring the sonic and sculptural possibilities of music boxes” 

Talk Classical: “Experimental yet attractive new music” 

Chicago Reader: Today’s Playlist 

Best of 2017 Lists: Bandcamp DailyAvant Music News (Honorable Mention)National Sawdusta fool in the forestAsociacion IntonarumoriSteve Hoffman