25 Feb

Meall a’ Bhuiridh MUSIC

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‘Meall a’ Bhuiridh’ is a new music composition written by Musician and Producer Barry Reid (Treacherous Orchestra, Halcyon, The MacCollective), inspired by and in conjuction with ‘Meall a’ Bhuiridh’, a fine art photographic project of Glencoe Ski Hill and surrounding area by visual artist and photographer Jennifer Wilcox.

In late 2010, Jennifer approached me regarding her Photographic research project of the history of Glencoe Ski Hill. She asked if I’d do some audio recordings of the area. The idea inspired me and I jumped at the chance. The project soon grew arms and legs with the proposal of writing a piece of music – so with the help of funding from Creative Scotland, I was able to get started!

I spent the winter of 2010/2011 with a sound recorder up on Glencoe Mountain and the surrounding area… trying to capture as many sounds as I could… which is way more tricky than I’d expected! I’ll be honest there was a lot of recordings of the howling wind! But with a bit of persistence, I was able to find what I was looking for.

So by using some of the best recordings, I was able to put a framework together for the final piece. Time signature and Key we’re dictated by the sounds of the chair lift masts and the metal clunking of the ski tows. The melodies we’re developed from ideas that I’d come up with whilst being out on the mountain.

Meall a' Bhuiridh Flyer

The final piece comprises of Fiddle, Viola, Accordian and Guitar, mixed with organic sounds from Glencoe and also some electronic sounds thrown in there too. Adam Sutherland, Feargus Hetherington and John Somerville accompanied me in playing the piece at The Universal in Glasgow and Glencoe Ski Centre at the beginning of March 2012.

Accompanying the piece, we had Jennifer’s Meall a’ Bhuiridh fine art photography on display and on projection. For a closer look, please go to jenniferwilcox.co.uk

Meall a’ Bhuiridh (Hill of the bellowing) from Misha somerville on Vimeo.

Meall a’ Bhuiridh Commission and Interview with Barry Reid on the Radio Scotland’s ‘Global Gathering show’ – April 2012

Meall a' Bhuiridh Flyer

7 Comments

  1. 1
    David
    04/25/2012 at 09:41
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    This is a great track. Where can I buy it from?

  2. 2
    SPAD
    04/26/2012 at 18:20
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    Hi David, I’m afraid Its not yet been recorded for official release… but there are plans to make a CD with accompanying fine art photography book in the near future… Until then, I hope that the BBC recording will continue to be available from the bbc website.

    Cheers!

  3. 3
    malc
    04/27/2012 at 19:16
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    Excellent stuff, heard you on Mary Ann Kennedy. Look forward to the CD.

  4. 4
    SPAD
    02/25/2013 at 11:59
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    Hi Kieran, good to meet you the other night – Unfortunately the bbc stream at the bottom of the Meall a’ Bhuiridh page is all i have just now and Im not allowed to post the track myself, only embed the bbc link of the radio interview and live track.
    I hope to finish the studio recording in the next few weeks so once it’s done I will let you know! The plan is to make it available for download.
    Ok hope you enjoyed the rest of the festival.
    Cheers for now
    Barry

  5. 5
    SPAD
    07/30/2013 at 11:07
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    Hi Keiran,
    Finally, Meall a’ Bhuiridh is available for download from bandcamp! Just head to my bandcamp page to download it. Cheers!

    ‘Meall a’Bhuiridh’ BANDCAMP

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    SPAD
    07/30/2013 at 11:07
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    Hi David,
    Finally, Meall a’ Bhuiridh is available for download from bandcamp! Just head to my bandcamp page to download it. Cheers!

    ‘Meall a’Bhuiridh’ BANDCAMP

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    Jamie
    12/05/2013 at 15:54
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    A cracking tune! Loved it when I first heard it, and delighted to see when I stopped back for another listen that it’s now for sale. Cheers Barry!

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