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The Hebrides Suite

Lane, Cathy (2011) The Hebrides Suite. [Performance]

Type of Research: Performance
Creators: Lane, Cathy

Concert performance of musical composition

'The Hebrides Suite' explores and communicates aspects of the history, culture and memory of the
Outer Hebrides, remote islands off the coast of Scotland, through the medium of composed sound.
Each of the works in this series uses a similar mixture of compositional material - monologues, field
recordings and existing archival sources as well as new interviews.

'On the Machair' is loosely woven around aspects of the crofting (a form of land tenure and smallscale
food production unique to the Scottish highlands and islands) lifestyle past and present.
Machair is a Gaelic word that describes an extensive low-lying fertile plain which is one of the
rarest habitat types in Europe and supports the crofting lifestyles in terms of the plants, crops,
animals and birds that can be found there.

'Tweed' engages with the another historic and integral part of the Outer Hebridean lifestyle and
culture – the weaving of the famous Harris tweed. Threaded in with the voices of the independent
hand weavers are atmospheres, voices and mechanical sounds from the mechanised mill. The
physical elements of weaving form spatial templates for the treatment of the recorded material in
the composition.

Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: musical composition, outer hebrides, spoken word, field recording
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Communication
Research Centres/Networks > Creative Research into Sound Arts Practice (CRiSAP)
Date: 16 June 2011
Copyright Holders: Cathy Lane
Related Websites: http://www.ems-network.org/ems11/concert.html, http://www.gc.cuny.edu/Public-Programming/Calendar/Detail?id=23021
Related Websites:
Projects or Series: Research Outputs Review (April 2010 - April 2011)
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Greenwich House Music School, 224 West 30th St.NYC, USA16 June 2011
Sexing Sound: Music Cultures, Audio Practices, and Contemporary Art- City University of New York, New York, USA21 February 2014
Material/Media: sound composition
Measurements or Duration of item: 23'
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2011 14:15
Last Modified: 09 Nov 2023 04:46
Item ID: 3773
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/3773

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