The Terminal Quartet was conceived by Andrew Garton as a means to perform a series of structured improvisations set to define software as instrument, both in an audible and visual context. The Quartet was founded in December 2003.
The Terminal Quartet was comprised of musicians, sound and video composers/artists that utilised computers and/or synthesis in their practice. Musicians researched and arranged individual movements in isolation from each other, often governed by the context and structure of Garton’s compositions.
The Quartet was comprised of a fresh combination of musicians for each performance, each representing entirely different styles, skills, techniques, approaches and cultures.
This site is an archive of the works of the Terminal Quartet from 2003 to 2008 when the last iteration of the Quartet, in Graz, Austria, was conceived and performed.