This work began with several weeks of recording free improvisations using extended techniques
on my mother's old violin purchased in the 1920s. For each set, I tuned all the strings to a single pitch taken
from one of my many lyde instruments. In this case the lyde was about about a quarter-tone flat of a
D-natural. The text and vocal parts were written as I wrote the music with the live violin and lyde parts
added last. The work envisions the singer afloat atop a sinking violin which has just pushed off from
rocky shores. The work is loosely autobiographical. The work uses a video to conduct the piece.

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