Instrumentation: saxophone quartet and piano
Tracers uses the spectral analysis of saxophone tones as the harmonic template for the entire ensemble. Specifically, spectral data of ring modulated saxophone multiphonics is mapped onto the ensemble. Gradually, these harmonies are fragmented and distorted in different ways as a way of defining a sort of organic form of the entire work.
The work is viewed as an ongoing project of expansion with versions for saxophone quartet alone (Tracers II), a shorter version (Tracers Ic), and an expanded version for saxophone quartet and piano with electronics (Tracers Ia).