If you have not read or heard my past interviews you may not know that most of my written and recorded music, on paper and on tape, was either stolen (1975) or destroyed by the massive storm and flooding on January 2, 1982 in Northern California.
Lost was music written prior to and while attending MIT (especially those works created while studying composition), music composed while attending summer and part-time the Berklee School of Music (jazz big band, quintet, solo piano), works started while doing graduate studies at Brandeis University, and the Seastones scores, notes and track sheets. In recent years others doing research [link to Mel's thesis] have found some of my Seastones music and notes in archives of others where it had been left.
So I had a pleasant surprise late last year (2018) when I found some scores and track sheets for Seastones (16 track recordings), and a copy of perhaps my last composition on music paper, a draft three movement string quartet from December 1970, contemporaneous with the first year of Seastones composition and my first 16 track recordings.
The 1970 draft string quartet is a very brief miniature form, only six pages long, Influenced by very brief (miniature) string and chamber works by Anton Webern, the miniature piano and other instrumental compositions by Erik Satie, and the string quartets by Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel. It is unusual in being only three movements instead of the traditional four. This string quartet and one other chamber ensemble composition are the only paper composed music survivors I have been able to locate from my early music life.