Lateral was made as a live, site-specific installation set in Dixon Street, Glasgow. The work was commissioned and created for High-Slack-Low-Slack-High – a suite of audio works relating to the Clyde River curated by Minty Donald for GI Festival of Visual Art. Subsequent to that event I created a studio version of Lateral, which is now available at Bandcamp.
Fretwork is a sound collage and draws its compositional language from the intimate physical gestures associated with playing the guitar – the act of plucking becomes transformed metaphorically into a range of percussive attacks, pops and clicks and extended resonances. Available at Bandcamp.
Some tracks are available on my Bandcamp page – currently I have a few early studio compositions up and over the coming months I’ll be adding more recent works. Here is a link to follow me at Bandcamp and be notified when I release more sounds.
Necessary Notes: A Vocal Response – solo performance as part of the Stolen Voices album launch on 8th February 2020.
“Nichola Scrutton is, as ever, an absolute wonder- her voice can disarm, charm and bewitch….She takes the listener into otherwordly realms, an uncertain space between sleep and consciousness.” (The Tempohouse)
The album launch was part of a creative research project by Rebecca Collins and Johanna Linsley – more here. The event forms part of ‘The Sonic Study Series: Act I Sonic Practice’ and is a pop-up event for the Festival of Creative Learning 2020, University ofEdinburgh. Many thanks to Rebecca and Johanna for the invitation. More info about the event at CCA Stolen Voices.
Sonic Bothy Ensemble had two very exciting performances in the pipe-line – one in late March at The Sage, Gateshead for Gateshead Jazz Festival and one in early May at Tectonics, Old Fruitmarket. Unfortunately both were cancelled or postponed due to lockdown.
Meanwhile Sonic Bothy has resumed some rehearsals online. More news about future events will follow as and when available.
Performance Anxiety Research Project
Since September 2019 I have been Lead Artist on the development of Sonic Bothy’s Performance Anxiety Project, along with Creative Director Claire Docherty (Project Manager) and Malcy Duff who works with Bothy Learning Space (Support Artist). At the core of the project was a series of exploratory workshops, co-led with Malcy. The project aims, through direct experience in workshops, consultation and research, to increase awareness and create resources to support musicians with an ALSN in any aspect of performance anxiety and associated issues. The project has been detailed in an extensive research report, written up at the end of the practical work.
Sonic Bothy Ensemble Album Fields
Sonic Bothy Ensemble’s debut album Fields is still available at Bandcamp in hard copy and digital formats…
For more information on Sonic Bothy Ensemble, and all the charity’s activities, please visit Sonic Bothy’s website.
Delighted to be working with Ian Spink, Aya Kobayashi, Skye Reynolds, Selina Boyack and Stella Boyack to develop Radio Play. The immediate focus was a scratch performance for UNFIX Festival 2019. Here’s more info about the event on Sunday 31st March at CCA Glasgow Scratch Night. We re-visited the work for Batch2 Festival In August 2019.
Wave Shift is an immersive, abstract, evocative soundscape composition in which myriad notions of water serve as a bridge between real and fictional landscapes. Source materials for the work include a selection of field and hydrophone recordings, captured during a Sura Medura Artist Residency in Sri Lanka,, and vocal sound recordings.
Wave Shift Release
On 18th August 2019 Wave Shift is first up in the new season South Asia PhoNographic Mornings as part of the soundscape project Each Morning of the Worldproduced by Stéphane Marin in France. All tracks and the album are available on Bandcamp, and all donations go to the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).
Many thanks indeed to Stéphane for inviting me to contribute the track, record the the voice intro and outro for the season’s radio broadcasts each week, and the album artwork.