The gig starts at 8pm on Tuesday 18 February. Tickets can be booked here.
My set’s instruments include gramophone (with possible inclusion of some Cliff Richards 78 records), a half-destroyed laptop and a violet ray machine.
This week I was taking part in a dance residency with Thania Acarón and Daniel Irizarry, as well as dancers Katie Armstrong and Mhairi Allan. I’ve done a few dance residencies but this is the first where I’ve participated entirely via Skype. It’s a strange way to work – we’d have a “meeting” at the start of each day and then at the end. In-between, I’d be composing music based on discussions and rehearsal videos that had been sent to me. Much of the residency was based on the idea of “finding your feet” and “power posing”. The latter draws material from a TED talk by Amy Cuddy on body language influencing the mind – the talk begins in an inspiring manner but quickly descends, disappointingly, into slightly bullshit-y sloganeering. It can be viewed below:
At the risk of being sued, I’ve avoided uploading the music which uses a remix of Amy’s talk. However, here are two other pieces that were used in the performance:
[photo by Sam Tyson]
The Witching Hour is a new series of live events, curated by Ross Whyte, which showcases the best in local ambient electronic music. Sessions will also include poetry, theatre, dance and film. The Witching Hour series will take place at Woodend Barn, Banchory.
Session 1 – 27 February, 7.30pm
Session 2 – 24 April, 7.30pm
Session 3 – 26 June, 7.30pm
Ross Whyte: The Witching Hour
£8 full, £6 conc in advance and £10/£8 on the door
In the past few weeks I’ve become a bit preoccupied with using recordings of air traffic control transmissions. I think that there’s something strangely melancholic about these distorted instructions floating about in the ether. This has been put to great use in movies – particularly sci fi movies. I always found the final scene of Alien 3 where Ripley’s transmission (recorded two movies back) plays to an empty room, quietly devastating. In a similar sci-fi vein, here’s a little experiment that combines ambient electronica and ether voices with some NASA footage remixed from Sammy Fontanez’s own found footage remix:
Exhibition opening Monday 28 October 6pm
(Exhibition will run until Sun 3 November)
This exhibition sees the culmination of an adventure into collaborative partnerships between visual artists/designers from Gray’s School of Art and musicians/composers from the University of Aberdeen’s Music department. You are warmly invited to view/listen to what the collaborators have created.
Gray’s School of Art
On the 25th October, I’ll be doing a late-night live solo set at Musa, Aberdeen as part of this year’s Sound Festival. The set will include ambient electronica and piano and several pieces from The Witching Hour series.
The event runs from 10.30pm – late. £5 entry.
In the meantime here are a selection of sketches, outtakes and alternative takes from The Witching Hour series:
This week, as part of the Haddo Arts Festival, I’ve been running a series of experimental music workshops with children from various primary schools around Aberdeenshire. The participants have been exploring man-made and natural sounds. Each workshop has ended with a performance of a composition created by the participants. It’s been really great for me to hear the amazing creative talent that these kids have to offer.
The festival runs until the 13th October. There’s a lot to see and hear! A personal favourite of mine is photographer Chris Heppell‘s solo exhibition - well worth a visit.
Further details of the festival can be found here.
Today was the last of the ‘Scratch’ workshops. Participants combined found sound with the films that they had created in the previous workshops. The results will be screened at the Belmont Picturehouse in Aberdeen on Sunday 3rd November from 7.15pm. The event is free and open to everyone.
In the meantime, here is the complete set of 16mm experiments from the first workshop led by Mark and Jo of the OKO Lab: