Scratch is a composition for string orchestra and field recordings. The strings section is in C major and based on a melody first exposed in the viola section. Underlying the strings part, there is texture of sounds recorded at a string restoration workshop. The piece is largely in sonata form with an interlude in the middle that could most accurately be described as a solo by the operator of the cassette tape players, which contain the recorded sounds from the field recordings. Big thanks to Gus from Zachary S. Martin, Luthier Contrabass & Cello workshop in Pawtucket, RI for having us record sounds in the workshop.
-Liam Hopkins, Phase II
Recorded at The RISD Museum of Art on June 10, 2012