Craig Scott: The Composers’ Fund
Craig Scott (Aberdeen,Scotland) creates sound works for human and non-human performers. Using handmade analogue hardware, crude robotics and modified obsolete audio technology to explore the disquieting tension that exists between human and machine made music.
His work takes form across three parallel streams:
– Animating traditional instruments in the absence of, and in collaboration with improvising human performers;
– Exploiting malfunction as artistic expression, harnessing the inherent instability of obsolete audio technologies through the precision digital control affords;
– Creating Acousmatic music in which live instrumental recordings are dissected, transformed and blended with synthetic sources and field recordings, blurring perceptions of the organic/artificial; real/hyper-real/surreal/illusion.
With the Composer fund support, Craig will design, fabricate & compose music for a trio of modified acoustic instruments (Guitar, Saxophone & Drums) to be simultaneously played by musicians and mechanised by a computer. Craig hopes to develop intricate human and machine performed compositions and frameworks for improvisation drawing on the study of Javanese Gamelan, Yoruban Bata, Jazz & Electro-Acoustic music, to explore new relationships between performer/instrument, composer/performer & human/machine.