I am now on Bandcamp and have started adding tracks – a few early studio compositions so far. Over the coming months I’ll be adding more tracks. I would be super grateful if you would have a wee look, listen and follow me to help me get up and running.
Excited to be shortlisted for the ISM Prize for Collaboration with Alex South. Our Rough Breathing collaboration was developed through a CCA/AC Projects Residency, after which were invited to perform at Tectonics Festival, Glasgow in 2019.
The Award event is on 14th April 2020 at the V&A in Dundee.
Necessary Notes: A Vocal Response – a solo performance as part of the Stolen Voices album launch on 8th February 2020. The line-up included Mariam Rezaei, Pete Stollery and Barrett’s Dottle Beauty.
Read a review of the album launch Stolen Voices at CCA.
The album is part of a creative research project by Rebecca Collins and Johanna Linsley – read and listen 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 at the University of Edinburgh.
Many thanks to Rebecca and Johanna for the invitation to produce a vocal response to Stolen Voices book chapter Necessary Notes.
More info about the event at CCA Stolen Voices.
Rough Breathing is a collaboration with Nichola Scrutton (voice) and Alex South (clarinet). This sound clip is from the first movement of our Rough Breathing performance at Tectonics Glasgow 2019 in The Old Fruitmarket, which includes electronics. (The second movement was acoustic only).
Many thanks to BBC Radio 3 for the permission to use this clip from the BBC’s live recording of the event. Listen here until April 2020.
Many thanks to Alasdair Campbell, AC Projects, CCA Glasgow and all at Tectonics Glasgow 2019 for supporting Rough Breathing.
Here are a few Sonic Bothy Ensemble updates…
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.
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 – Immediate Buzz Shift at CCA, Glasgow
Here’s a review from the Ensemble gig Immediate Buzz Shift at CCA earlier this year. Many thanks to Lorna Irvine.
Read the SBE CCA Review…
Sonic Bothy Ensemble Debut Album
Sonic Bothy Ensemble’s debut album Fields is available at Bandcamp…
For more information on Sonic Bothy Ensemble, all the charity’s activities, and founder Claire Docherty visit Sonic Bothy’s website
On 18th August 2019 my track Wave Shift is first up in the new season South Asia PhoNographic Mornings as part of the soundscape project Each Morning of the World produced by Stéphane Marin in France . All donations for downloading and streaming go to the World Forum for Acoustic Ecology (WFAE).
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 broadcasts 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.
Looking forward to Radio Play A and new work-in-progress Radio Play B performances at Batch Festival in the Borders on Sunday 18th August 2019.
With Ian Spink, Skye Reynolds, Selina Boyack, Rebecca Moore and Stella. Huge thanks to Claire Pencak for hosting.
Visit Batch Festival on Facebook for more information.
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….
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 – 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.
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.
Tectonics Review The Guardian ****
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…