I am a composer, vocalist, sound artist and artist, who focuses on distinct but interlinking fields of experimental vocal performance, improvisation, studio sound composition and soundscape, visual artwork, and interdisciplinary collaborations with writers and theatre-makers.
To date, at the core of my practice has been 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.
Select performance projects include: Night Vision, a new work-in-progress, initially developed at Rough Mix, Magnetic North’s creative development programme, and further developed during a Q-O2 residency in Brussels; Rough Breathing with clarinettist Alex South, after various performances the work was further developed through a CCA/AC Projects Residency. Our most recent performance was at Tectonics Festival, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow; Rays & Correlations with writer Zoë Strachan first performed as a live studio broadcast for Radiohprenia. This is the third performance that Zoë and I have worked on – our previous Static Flux was selected in 2018 for Hidden Door Festival, Edinburgh.
Other examples include Radio Play with Ian Spink, Skye Reynolds, Aya Kobayashi, Selina Boyack and Stella Boyack, initially produced as a scratch performance for Unfix Festival and now in development; When Night Comes solo performance at the Beton 7 Festival, Athens, Greece. This performance was part of the opening event along with Wendy Kirkup’s film from a score, in which I perform Berio’s Sequenza III for Solo Voice, and a Q+A with Simon Murray, Wendy and me; Exploring the Unknown collaboration with Vernon and Burns; 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. The ensemble have just released their debut album Fields, which is now available on Bandcamp.
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. Martin O’Connor and I have been co-commissioned by Outspoken Arts Scotland to develop a proposal for a new production in Paisley.
A CV and Refs are available on request.