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Episode 12: PianoPiano

August 2015

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PianoPianoIn this last podcast from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, PianoPiano (AKA Karen Maciver and Hillary Brooks) talk about their show Dedicated, a series of new works for two pianos which celebrate the lives of women who have changed history.

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Episode 11: Fiona Soe Paing

August 2015

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John De SimoneIn the fourth episode of ICWID! from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, we speak to Scottish/Burmese producer-vocalist Fiona Soe Paing about her multimedia work Alien Lullabies which blends other-worldly live vocals with detailed electronica and mesmerizing animations by Zennor Alexander.

Photo: Wes Kingston

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Episode 10: John De Simone

August 2015

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John De SimoneIn this third show from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, John De Simone talks about his work Independence, an exploration of cultural and political identity in Scotland from his perspective as an English-born Scottish-Italian whose grandfather, John McCormick, was instrumental in founding the Scottish National Party.

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Episode 9: John Harris

August 2015

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John HarrisIn this second podcast from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2015, John Harris talks about his opera The Garden which is being performed at the Traverse Theatre. Based on an original play by Zinnie Harris, The Garden is set in a dystopian future where a husband and wife find a plant growing through the lino in their kitchen. Originally performed in a real kitchen, this intimate and moving work is scored for two singing actors accompanied by a trusty Yamaha DX7.

Photo: Wattie Cheung

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Episode 8: Matthew Collings

August 2015

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Matthew CollingsIn this first podcast from the 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Matthew Collings talks about his work A Requiem for Edward Snowden which is being performed as part of the Made in Scotland Showcase at the Fringe before performances at the Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Utrecht) and Sound Festival (Aberdeen) later this year. The piece uses live audio-visual processing to explore issues raised in the fallout of Edward Snowden's revelations of mass covert surveillance and memorialises the death of the innocence of the Internet.

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Episode 7: David Fennessy

June 2014

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David FennessyIn 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.

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Episode 6: Postcards from Scotland

November 2013

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Edit-PointTimothy 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.

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Episode 5: François Sarhan

October 2013

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Franois SarhanTo 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.

Photo: Candice-Renee Jooste

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Episode 4: Bill Sweeney

September 2013

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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.

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Episode 3: Gareth Williams

August 2013

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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.

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Episode 2: Shiori Usui

July 2013

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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.

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Episode 1: John De Simone

June 2013

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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.

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