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Sonic Bothy Updates 2

Here are a few Sonic Bothy Ensemble updates…

Performances

Tusk Festival 2019 Line-Up

The Sonic Bothy Ensemble are next performing at TUSK Festival at The Sage in Gateshead, which is very exciting! We’ll be in Hall 2 at 7:10pm on Sunday 13th October 2019.

Sonic Bothy Ensemble at Kelvingrove Museum. Image © Sonic Bothy

In June 2019 we had a fantastic time performing at the Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery…

Also in June we also had  a wonderful time recording some new work in the studio at Gorbals Sound, Glasgow.

Review

Sonic Bothy Ensemble at CCA Glasgow. Image © Brian Hartley

Here’s a review from the Ensemble gig Immediate Buzz Shift at CCA earlier this year. Many thanks to Lorna Irvine.

Read the CCA Review

Album

Sonic Bothy Ensemble’s debut album Fields is available at Bandcamp…

More Information

For more information on Sonic Bothy Ensemble, all Sonic Bothy’s work and founder Claire Docherty visit Sonic Bothy’s website

 

 

 

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Each Morning of the World

I’m really delighted that on 18th August 2019 my track Wave Shift  is first up in the new season of Each Morning of the World, a soundscape project produced by Stéphane Marin in France . The digital album is called South Asia PhoNographic Mornings. One new track will be broadcast each week over 20 weeks until the final album is released in December. Broadcast details can be found through the Bandcamp link below.

Many thanks indeed to Stéphane for inviting me to contribute the track and also the visual artwork for the album cover/track. I also recorded the voice intro and outro for the season’s radio broadcast each week.

This version of Wave Shift is a re-working of a longer piece originally produced as part of an installation following a UZ Arts Residency at Sura Medura in Sri Lanka.

To listen to all the tracks on the digital album please go to Each Morning of the World Bandcamp. All donations for downloading and streaming go to the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).

Each track is also announced on Facebook at Each Morning of the World Facebook.

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Residency at Q-O2 in Brussels

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Residency at Q-O2. Portrait photo courtesy of Wendy Kirkup.

I’m delighted to be on a residency at Q-O2 in Brussels for two weeks. See more info at Q-O2.

My priority will be to reflect on Night Vision – a new work-in-progress originally developed at Rough Mix 2019 with Magnetic North Theatre Company. That residency culminated in a live performance….

Night Vision Performance Rough Mix 2019 Magnetic North
Night Vision performance, Perth Theatre, Rough Mix 2019, Magnetic North.

My reflections will focus on how Night Vision moves forward. If time allows, I will also continue working on a series of visual images that emerged from the source texts as a separate thread.

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Rays & Correlations

Rays & Correlations
Having some fun during a recording session.

Rays & Correlations  –  Radiophrenia 2019

Zoë Strachan and I created Rays & Correlations  for a live broadcast from the Radiophrenia studio on 15th May 2019. This is our third collaborative radio artwork. Previous works are In Transit and Static Flux. Static Flux was also originally performed as a live broadcast on Radiophrenia and  then selected for a Spoken Word live performance at Hidden Door Festival 2018 in Edinburgh.

Programme Note

Inspired by the patterns of cosmic ray interactions in a cloud chamber, we imagine the myriad signals and attempts at communication that might enter a sphere and intersect, cluster, miss or fade away. Rays & Correlations is a voice-focused improvised performance with layers of interactive soundscape. The listener is invited to find a thread to hold onto amid interweaving sparse and dense streams of words and evocations – and to decide whether the sound space is literal, as inside a kind of radome, or metaphorical – representing any individual consciousness trying to make sense of human connection.

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Tectonics The Guardian

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7th May 2019

…”Downstairs in the Old Fruitmarket, Scottish vocalist Nichola Scrutton breathed deeply into a mic, the sounds mirrored by clarinettist Alex South across the room. In between, the audience were caught in a dexterous layering of breath that felt like the wash and roll of the sea.”…

Read the full Tectonics review online…

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Sonic Bothy Updates

Here are a few Sonic Bothy updates…

Sonic Bothy Ensemble Performances

The next performance is at CCA, Glasgow on 26th April 2019. More details at Sonic Bothy’s Facebook page.

Article in The List magazine

Sonic Bothy article The List

Read the article at the link below…

https://www.list.co.uk/article/107892-sonic-bothy-aims-to-explore-glasgows-new-and-experimental-music-scene-as-a-source-of-dialogue-and-inspiration/

Album Review – Scots Whae Hae

Sonic Bothy album review Scots Whae Hae

Here’s a link to the review online – scroll down the page to find Sonic Bothy’s album write up…

Scots Whae Hae New Musical Success

For more information on Sonic Bothy inclusive ensemble, Learning Space and founder Claire Docherty visit Sonic Bothy’s website

 

 

 

 

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Lateral on BBC Radio 4

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BBC Radio 4, 14th Feb at 11.30am.

A clip of my composition Lateral will be included in BBC Radio 4 prog Shaped by the River Clyde.  The programme is about artist and humanitarian George Parsonage, and features artist Minty Donald. Many thanks to Minty for including my work.

Minty originally commissioned Lateral as part of High-Slack-Low-Slack-High for Glasgow International Festival in 2012.

Following up that performance on Dixon Street by the River Clyde, I created a studio version, which has been broadcast internationally.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0002hlk

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Night Vision

Night Vision Nichola Scrutton

The starting point for Night Vision is a series of non-narrative texts captured through an experimental writing practice in the middle of the night lying down in a semi-conscious, or liminal, state.

This is a very different artistic approach for me. Early inquiries were focused on selection, how to interact with the texts,  and what happens when these words/sounds are given voice off the page?

The work was initially developed at Rough Mix, Magnetic North’s creative development programme. The residency was held in Perth Theatre in January 2019. Big, big thanks to Magnetic North and the artists and performers involved in the residency. Thanks to Lorna, Neil, Ian and Laurie for the first performance sharing of Night Vision. And thanks to Lise for recordings, chat and tech support.

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Magnetic North Rough Mix

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I am very excited to have been selected for the Magnetic North Rough Mix Residency. The residency will be taking place in Perth Theatre, Perth, Scotland for two weeks in January 2019. Read the announcement of participating artists at MN Rough Mix 2019

There will be a sharing of work on 18th January at 6 pm at Perth Theatre. All welcome – free but ticketed from Horsecross Arts.

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