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Originally from the Inverness area, I moved to Aberdeen in 2011 to pursue a career in music. During my time at North East Scotland College (formerly Aberdeen College) I studied piano performance under Dorothy Carnegie and Tony Young where my interest in new music emerged and thrived.

‘Drone Out’: Music Formed by Architecture

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Drone Out’: Music Formed by Architecture by Bryce Hope

In 2013, Professor Trevor Cox of University of Salford discovered the worlds longest echo after a tip off from a friend that some tunnels in Invergordon, Scotland would be an interesting place to do an echo test. The Inchindown Oil Tanks, built 300 feet into Kinrive Hill, are an amazing feat of engineering that, for me, surpasses the believable: six massive oil tanks able to hold millions of gallons of fuel. (For further information on the Inchindown Oil Tanks, see here: http://portal.historic-scotland.gov.uk/designation/LB52317

The echo itself is the longest recorded reverberation in a man-made structure, lasting 112 seconds at 125Hz (30 seconds mid range frequency and 75 seconds broadband).

I was lucky enough to be present during the filming of a recent documentary on channel five when Prof. Cox performed Syrinx by Claude Debussy on his saxophone. The sound was unbelievable and an incredible event to witness.

Ever since then, I have been haunted by those echoes, wondering how I could fit a musical composition into the slowly dying reverberations.

 

This project has four main aims:

  1. To promote Scotland as a creative hotspot in the world and to link new music with the war-time heritage of the area,
  2. To bring the amazing structure within accessible reach of those who are interested in architecture, music and history,
  3. To create an opportunity for developing performers to experience this environment and the performance challenges that come with it and
  4. To create an interesting and culturally appropriate piece of art-music that will intrigue listeners of all kinds of music.

I plan to present this work as part of my Masters in Music at the University of Aberdeen.

The funding will be split into two uses: first, c. £3040 will go to paying my tuition fees for the year, enabling me to create the project, get invaluable help and advice and influence creative partners to get involved and secondly, the remaining money will go towards funding the actual project, paying for essentials such as transport to and from the site and any special equipment needed (e.g. hard-hats, boiler suits).

 

In return, I am offering three things as rewards:

  1. A copy of the sheet music of my new piece ‘tEn’ that was recently awarded the Carlaw/Ogston Music Prize 2016,
  2. A collection of five piano songs that I composed during my earlier years of composing and,
  3. A free ticket to a live performance of the new work created specifically for the oil tanks. (NOTE: This would most likely take place in Aberdeen and is subject to funding, availability of performance spaces and technology).

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