Sounds from the Sky (2017)
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?”.
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.
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