"Pulse" and "Drone" are the unifying features of virtually
all musics throughout time and place. This work for string
quartet, by Paul Richards, gradually unfolds different beat
subdivisions (pulses) and tonal centers (drones) in a
rhythmic arch form, followed by a sustained chorale-coda
with very little sense of pulse. Pulse and Drone was
the winner of the 2000 New Music for Sligo/Irish Music
Rights Organization International Composition Competition.