I'LL CADENCE WHEN I DIE!

A podcast about new music in Scotland

Episode

07

June 2014

David Fennessy

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David Fennessy

In this first episode of the second series of ICWID!, David Fennessy talks about his piece Hauptstimme which recently received its first performance at HCMF//. A sort-of viola concerto, the piece explores David's interest in the relationship between the voices of an ensemble, and between the individual and the crowd. He also discusses how a work conceived in the Pearl River Delta came to feature the clacking sound of a Scottish loom, and how he was inspired to create a trilogy of works based on the writings of film director Werner Herzog. This episode features performances given by the Red Note Ensemble, Talea Ensemble and Ensemble Klang.

Episode

06

November 2013

Postcards from Scotland

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Edit-Point

Timothy Cooper, Matthew Whiteside and Nicholas Virgo—the composers behind Edit-Point, Scotland’s only touring electroacoustic ensemble—share their recent sound recordings made in Scotland, along with those by Nick Fells and Pete Stollery. But to what extent are these “sonic postcards” honest documentary? Do a composer's instincts to edit and refine ever take over? Edit-Point reveal all.

Episode

05

October 2013

FranÇois Sarhan

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Franois Sarhanphoto: candice-renee jooste

To describe François Sarhan as just a composer doesn't convey the huge scope of his output: aside from writing music, he is a photographer, writer, film maker and performer who blends all these elements to create unique and often political music theatre. In this episode, François discusses his upcoming show Enough Already! (or, Lâchez Tout!) - a surreal work which combines film, speaking musicians, an actor and two Foley artists - which is to be performed by the Red Note Ensemble this winter in Glasgow, Edinburgh and at HCMF// before touring to Germany, France and Belgium.

See tour dates for the show here.

Episode

04

September 2013

Bill Sweeney

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Bill Sweeney

In this episode, composer Bill Sweeney discusses his recent work for cello. Recorded and released by Delphian Records [Amazon / Presto Classical], this music takes as its influence such diverse interests as poets Hugh MacDiarmid and Jorge Luis Borges, the music of Robert Schumann and Gaelic psalm singing. Bill talks about how he captured the darkness of Borges' poetry with the help of Pure Data and also explains why he believes there's no such thing as atonality.

Episode

03

August 2013

Gareth Williams

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Gareth Williams

Originally a singer-songwriter, Gareth Williams was seduced into writing opera by a love of storytelling. His piano-bar roots mean he isn't sure whether the music he writes now is best described as pop or contemporary classical music. However, he's not sure those labels are useful and is happy to let his ostensibly classical compositions veer "dangerously close" to the world of pop. Now a fully-fledged opera composer, he writes both staged and site-specific works, including an opera performed in a pub and another that took place in a lighthouse. In this episode he talks about why he went from singer-songwriter to opera composer and the (often true) stories that inspire his work.

Episode

02

July 2013

Shiori Usui

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Shiori Usui

Shiori Usui's recent music has been obsessed with the human body; from using a string orchestra to mimic the sound of a digesting stomach to basing the pulse of a work on her own heartbeat, her scores always feature an array of colour and unusual instrumental techniques. In this episode she talks about how and why she creates this body-music and also about how reading the poem Archimedes Lullaby by Gjertrud Schnackenberg opened-up a new form of expression in her work.

Episode

01

June 2013

John De Simone

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John De Simone

John De Simone discusses his transition from a manifesto-writing Angry Young Minimalist to the composer of a lush, Romantic (-ish) violin concerto. He talks about how death, the desire to be useful and a fear of flying have all influenced his music. Hear complete recording of the works featured in this episode here.