Cruel @ The Barn

Cruel and Unusual – a work exploring cutting-edge research using experimental music, film and spoken word in various languages – will have its second performance next month following the success at last year’s University of Aberdeen May Festival.  It will be held at Woodend Barn, Banchory on the 24th April.  Further details and ticket booking can be found here:

Lisa Collinson, Adam Cresser and I began rehearsals earlier this week.  The session went well, despite the catwalk (pictured below) collapsing on my foot…


Cruel and Unusual asks “what did the bull mean to the ancient inhabitants of the British Isles and Scandinavia?”  The question reveals a strange, and often dark symbolism.

Also performing at The Barn that night is Claire M Singer with a new work for string quartet, guitar and piano, and Bill Thompson who will be performing his latest release, Solace.

This event is the second in the Witching Hour series.  Further details here.

The Witching Hour Sessions

the witching hour

The Witching Hour is a new series of live events, curated by Ross Whyte, which showcases the best in local ambient electronic music.  Sessions will also include poetry, theatre, dance and film.  The Witching Hour series will take place at Woodend Barn, Banchory.

Session 1 – 27 February, 7.30pm

Fiona Soe Paing

Dead Hand

Session 2 – 24 April, 7.30pm

Bill Thompson and Claire M Singer

Cruel and Unusual

Session 3 – 26 June, 7.30pm

Ross WhyteThe Witching Hour

John Mackie

 £8 full, £6 conc in advance and £10/£8 on the door

Scratch Screening 3

Friday 4 October, 7pm, Auris Lecture Theatre, University of Aberdeen

Free – All Welcome

Bill Morrison: Spark of Being (68mins.)

Over the past twenty years, Bill Morrison has built a filmography of more than thirty projects that have been presented in theatres, museums, galleries and concert halls worldwide.  His work often makes use of rare archival footage in which forgotten film imagery is reframed as part of our collective mythology.  Spark of Being is an adaptation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein using found film footage, with an original soundtrack by Dave Douglas.  This screening marks its Scottish premiere.

Click the image below to view the trailer:

Spark of Being