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Residency at Q-O2 in Brussels

Q-O2 residency
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.

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.

Lateral on BBC Radio 4

Lateral bbc radio 4

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

Framework:Seasonal issue #7

Following the CD release in 2014,  a back-issue of framework:seasonal issue #7, winter 2014 is now available on  Framework Radio bandcamp page.

My composition Post-Industrial Broadcast #1 features in a compilation of thirteen tracks from some wonderful artists.

Many thanks to Patrick Tubin McGinley.

LINK: framework:seasonal issue #7

The Mark of the Beast review

The Mark of the Beast gets a ***** review

Presented by Martin O’Connor and Platform
Written and Performed by Martin O’Connor

With Nichola Scrutton and the North East Recovery Community
Platform, Easterhouse 13th-15th April
The Scottish Storytelling Centre 19th April

Inspired by Glasgow and its relationship with alcohol and addiction, Martin’s latest poetry performance The Mark of the Beast explores society through a prism of morality, temptation and family attitudes towards the ‘demon drink,’ and is performed in Martin’s recognisable blend of Scots and song, shot through with religious references and imagery.

The performance includes sound design created by Nichola Scrutton featuring personal experiences of alcohol addiction from members of the North East Recovery Community.

Creative Team:
Martin O’Connor – Writer and Performer
Nichola Scrutton – Composition/Sound Design
Fergus Dunnet – Set Design
Hana Allen – Stage Management
Davie Green – Lighting Design
Alan McKendrick – Directing Support
Eoin Carey – Image and Production Photography

Theatre Review – The Herald
The Mark Of The Beast
Platform, The Bridge, Glasgow

*****

“Whit ye huvin?” The voice has a chirrupy geniality to it: pure Glesca’ camraderie. “Ur ye huvin’ a drink or no?” The camaraderie is now teetering on the querulous, the aggressive even. Offence is on the verge of being taken, here. Minutes into this pithy, comedic, often harrowing monologue about various shades of alcohol addiction, writer/performer Martin O’Connor has wheeched us inside a pub, and into the core shorthand of belonging – of being a mate, a part of a community – that is inherent in the offer of a pint.

One pint… unseen voices chip in with memories of the wee swally that first introduced them – often, as far back as childhood – to the compulsive disorder of getting totally blootered. The recorded voices belong to Glasgow’s North-East Recovery Community: mixed into Nichola Scrutton’s chorale-cum-sound design, they will add personal witness to O’Connor’s tangy, savvy progress through the cumulative effects of long-term alcohol abuse. There’s the bilious heartburn of self-loathing, the upsurge of resolve – “Ah’m affit..” – and the lonely isolation of battling your demons when your pals remain in the boozer.

There’s a graphically vicious section when a posse of well-dressed lads become a pack of drunken thugs, relentlessly kicking a total stranger

just because… because he was there. It all sounds, feels, pungently real.

O’Connor’s talent for morphing social documentation into a bravura prose-poem pivots merrily on the rhythms of everyday Glesca’ patois, but – back-lit by designer Fergus Dunnet’s row of stained glass windows – he offsets the gallus patter with the soaring fire and brimstone of biblical texts, juggling revelations and hallucinations in a linguistic cocktail of those abiding havens: bevvy and religion. We laugh a lot, because O’Connor understands bathos but he never mocks the alcohol-afflicted, or diminishes their trials in what is a truly exceptional piece of work.

Read the review online

Martin O’Connor/The Mark of the Beast

Mark of the Beast 1

The Mark of the Beast is a collaboration with writer/theatre-maker Martin O’Connor that explores issues/ideas around alcohol and addiction in Glasgow.

Between November 2015 to March 2016, Martin and I undertook a period of research and development, commissioned by GEAC Platform-to-Health and GRAND (Getting Real About Alcohol n Drugs). Working with the North East Recovery Community.

At that time, I composed a sound installation Good Days Bad Days, incorporating the many voices/stories of participant’s experiences. For The Mark of the Beast, I re-visited and re-composed that material for Martin’s live solo show.

***** The Herald (Platform Glasgow)
**** The Wee Review (Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh)

Performances

2018
13th – 15th April, Platform, Glasgow
19th April Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh

Wave Shift – Radiophrenia

Radiophrenia 2017

Wave Shift – Radiophrenia

I’m delighted that my sound composition Wave Shift will be playing on Radiophrenia on Saturday 18th November at 8.20 pm.

Source sounds for the work include voice,  hydrophone and other field recordings captured during my Sura Medura Residency in Sri Lanka.

http://radiophrenia.scot/november-18th/

Martin O’Connor/Building a Nation

Building A Nation eflyer

Collaboration as composer/sound designer with writer/theatre-maker Martin O’Connor on his solo show Togail Nàisean/Building a Nation. We toured as part of a double bill with Aisling Oidhche Meadhan Samhraidh/A Midsummer Nights Dream and had a performance at Tramway, Glasgow in 2018. Read more about it at Martin’s website here.

Performances

2018
Glasgow

2017
Lewis
North Uist
South Uist
Skye
Isle of Mull
Glasgow
Edinburgh