Sounds from the Sky (2017)

Weird, unexplained, apocolypitic-esque sounds in the sky have been heard all round the World for centuries.  Conspiracy theorists claim a number of explanations.  The sounds have been captured on various videos released online and the results are chilling.  Are we hearing the metallic grinding of invisible alien spaceships? Or some kind of ultra low-frequency electromagnetic noise resulting from solar activity? Is it the groaning of the Earth’s crust about to shift in the kind of tectonic apocalypse event the ancient Mayans were trying to warn us about? Are they the final trumpets of God himself?

Featuring soundscapes and melodies inspired by these eerie videos accompanied by specially made staged shaky, amateur handy-cam footage of similar events across the country, this piece asks “What would it be like if this happening was to take place over Scotland?”.

SOS (2017)

SOS echoes the most basic, yet often hesitant, human reaction of asking for help in times of trouble.  The piece originally began being written in a global context but, as it developed, it became apparent that it could also represent a more personal story, particularly during the bleak months during which it was composed.  Opening with a call for help emerging from crisis to then be joined by many concerned voices helping through struggle to the end recovery. 

Written as part of Tryst's first project: The latest pioneering project from Calum MacCrimmon and John Mulhearn’s Big MusicSociety sees ten contemporary piper/composer/producers commissioned to write new music in the spirit of their instrument’s classical, often ceremonial or commemorative, Ceòl Mòr tradition.

Compositions from MacCrimmon, Mulhearn, Finlay MacDonald,Rory Campbell, Ross Ainslie, Ali Hutton, Steven Blake, Lorne MacDougall, James Duncan Mackenzie and Mairearad Green will variously enlist the whol eensemble on additional pipes, instruments and voices.

The Boar and the Bottle (Kintyre Gin) (2017)

A commission for possibly the finest sustainably produced gin in the country - Kintyre Gin. They wanted something simple and not distracting to sit behind and introductory video. I decided to go for something with a laid back feel and some very subtle Scottish flavours, the main melody moving between Double Bass, Practice Chanter and Xylophone.

8-Bit Bagpipes is the unlikely crossover of the decoration and melody style of the Great Highland Bagpipe with the classic sounds of the electronic games console music of the 1980s.

Also check out what happened when Edinburgh based hip hop artist WERD got hold of this track.

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