Ross Whyte is a composer based in Aberdeen.  He recently completed a practice-based PhD at the University of Aberdeen where his research was concerned with impermanence in audio-visual intermedia and headphone-specific composition.

Ross currently works as a freelance composer, filmmaker and as a technical assistant to the University of Aberdeen’s Film and Visual Culture Department.

His compositional output in recent years has often included collaborations with artists from disciplines different from his own, including dance, theatre, sculpture and web design.  He has a particular passion for working alongside dancers and dance choreographers and has collaborated with various key practitioners, including Claire Pençak, Jack Webb, Thania Acarón, Mhairi Allan and Rob Heaslip.

Ross recently curated a series of live events at Woodend Barn, Banchory which showcased live ambient electronic music as well as new works for dance, poetry and theatre.  He performs regularly in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire and has gained several positive reviews from the national press, including The List and The Scotsman.

He has received several awards including the Chris Cadwur James Award for Composition, two Derek Ogston Postgraduate Scholarships, a grant from the Aberdeen Endowments Trust for a Subsequent Degree (PhD) and a nomination for Aberdeen City Council’s Made in Aberdeen Prize 2013 which enabled funding for his project, The Witching Hour.

retro, yet bang up-to-date sounds”; “a creator of bewitching electronic soundscapes” (The List)

eloquent electronic musings and touching ambient piano”; “gorgeously twisted and resonant electronics” (The Scotsman)

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