Songs of the Highlands

John Roach
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6 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Converted to an airfield 5:42 6
2 carbon fibre 4:39 7
3 Makers of Tin Boxes 8:28 7
4 Later Developments 13:13 4
5 Introduction of Steel Shafts 8:34 3
6 lone Ailsa Craig 12:21 8

About this album

All of the sounds heard on Songs of the Highlands were generated with an instrument called The ScotchBox, one of my many sound sculptures / instruments. The Scotchbox consists of a tin box strung with rubber bands and amplified via two piezo pickups. The bands are bowed with plastic and metal rods and plucked and caressed with motors to create an expansive array of tones and timbres.

Songs of the Highlands aspires (as with all of my work in installation, sculpture, video and audio) to transform ordinary objects into new, unexpected and active entities. Even the enigmatic titles of the pieces on this CD are culled from the copy printed on the tin box which originally housed a bottle of Glenlivet scotch. When paired with the sounds heard here, titles such as “Converted to an airfield”, “Introduction of steel shafts” and “Lone Ailsa Craig” take on a new life worlds away from their original commercial context.

“I’ve gotten to know john a little bit through our chats on the interweb, where he’s proven himself a bottomless pit of knowledge re: the various musical uber-undergrounds. this is the first edition of his own music that’s been available, a fact that now, listening to the disc, has me wondering why its taken so long!

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