During JACK Quartet's two-year artist residency at Duke, the group recorded many works by Music graduate composers, including this one by James Budinich.
James writes, "The last two years I've been working on a new string quartet, Lines, Breaks, and White Spaces, with the JACK Quartet -- they've been amazing collaborators, it's been such a pleasure seeing them bring my piece to life. The recording's up now on Soundcloud, thanks to the quartet (Christopher Otto, Austin Wulliman, John Pickford Richards, and Jay Chop-Cheese Campbell) and also to the Duke University Department of Music and Duke Performances for this opportunity!"
Lines, Breaks, and White Spaces takes inspiration from those three ideas throughout the composition. Finding different ways to deal with these subjects in the four movements, musical lines explore different contours and patterns. Breaks between lines and the more abstract idea of “white space” find ways to intrude on the lines’ continuity, and fill out the textures. -JB, 2019