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