And The Birds Sang
Animated soundscore for Brass Band. Created from foley recordings of a Trombone mouthpiece, used to create an immersive backdrop to assist in the improvisation. Players are encouraged to move between what they see on the screen, what the hear emanating from a speaker and what they hear from their colleagues. The piece is created from the gaps, performers listening, adding, listening, adding, constantly unfolding and folding, creating a mass of sound, as if birds were starting to sing after silence.
Questioning The Elements
Commissioned by SPIKE Alternative Cello Festival. The piece uses music concréte, an animated score and two cellists, to produce the sound world. A soundscape is created from recordings of the sound making elements of a cello. The peg-box, the spike, the finger-board, the scroll, the bridge, all sort of parts were used to make noise. An element I consider to be very important is the voice of the cellist and the voices of anyone listening, so I asked for contributors to talk about their thoughts on the sound-making elements of a cello. Thanks to Mary Barnecutt, Anthony Fox, Martina Murray, Raven, Nicole Rourke and Yue Tang for providing such wonderful recordings.
Thanks also to the Cellists who performed in The Workman's Club, Dublin 2019 are Lana Kostic and Awen Blandford.
The game score is available here