LP Palimpsest

For Violin, Viola, and Two Cellos


6 movements, duration - 12:00

A palimpsest is a scroll or manuscript that text can be scraped or washed off of and then used again. These were utilized as early as the 6th century. Recently, methods have developed to detect traces and recover various levels of the ancient erased text. What if this process was applied to sound, with each layer a previously erased track? LP Palimpsest is in six short movements, or “tracks.” Each movement is unified by certain techniques, such as attack, glissandi, harmonics, etc. Like bumps and grooves on an LP, small traces remain present throughout, and are re-contextualized as newer material is interwoven over top.