Bio

nichola scruttonI am a vocalist, composer/performer and sound artist who focuses on distinct but interlinking fields of experimental vocal performance, improvisation, studio sound composition and soundscape, and interdisciplinary collaborations with writers and theatre-makers.

At the core of my practice is an ongoing interest in a) working with the voice as expressive or sonorous material, both in an abstract musical sense and as an expression of identity through gesture and form, and b) making associations or connections with place and space through real/re-imagined soundscapes. I was awarded a PhD in electroacoustic composition from University of Glasgow for my portfolio ‘Hearing Voices’ (2009), which was funded by an AHRC Scholarship.

My studio compositions have been broadcast internationally, such as NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Brooklyn Acoustic Ecology Festival, Framework Radio Estonia, Nuite Blanche Festival Futura, Undae Thrmnphone. In 2013, I won the US International Alliance for Women in Music Pauline Oliveros Award for my studio composition Post-Industrial Broadcast #1. Other examples include, HearAfter installation, supported by the Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow with a run of six weeks and then went on to galleries in Berlin and Christchurch, NZ; At First Light, selected for ‘Tomorrow, today will be Yesterday’ group installation in Guimaraes, Portugal (2 months); and Lateral, selected for Here. now. where? Saout Radio Installation, 5th Marrakech Biennale, Morocco. In 2016 I was invited curator for ‘Glasgow Soundscapes: Place, Space and Memory’, WebSYNradio, France.

Performance projects include:  Rough Breathing with clarinettist Alex South, recently developed through a CCA/AC Projects Residency; Night Vision, a new interdisciplinary performance work-in-progress, which is initially being developed at Rough Mix, Magnetic North’s creative development programme; When Night Comes solo performance at the opening of Beton 7 Festival, Athens; Static Flux with writer Zoë Strachan at Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh; Exploring the Unknown collaboration with Vernon and Burns; film from a score with Wendy Kirkup; BBC Radio 3 Exposure; Radiophrenia commission; ‘Video Jam’ at the opening of the Colombo Art Biennale, Sri Lanka. In 2016 I was a Sura Medura artist-in-residence with UZ Arts in Sri Lanka and since Jan 2014 I have been working with Sonic Bothy inclusive new music ensemble.

In collaborations for theatre, I create dynamic soundscapes often punctuated with stylised vocal compositions, using recordings of my own voice or other people’s voices that have been captured in project-specific research and development. I am interested in potentially new multi­dimensional narratives and expression aligning with the idea that in spoken dialogue words are only a part of what is communicated. The recent performance of The Mark of the Beast, developed with writer Martin O’Connor and the North-East Recovery Community (addiction) received a 5-star review in The Herald. In other work with Martin, Theology was nominated for a CATS Award ‘Best Music and Sound’ category (2014). I was a selected artist for Magnetic North’s interdisciplinary Space/Time Residency at Cove Park (2018). In 2016, I was a shortlisted composer for the Old Vic 12, and in 2015 was one of four composers selected for the inaugural Composers and Choreographers Lab with Phoenix Dance Theatre in Leeds.

A CV and Refs are available on request.

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