òran muc-mhara (whale song)

This piece is a journey that takes us under the ocean and gives us a perspective into the majesty of the whale and its beautiful songs. The piece was inspired by the idea of whale song and its magical sounds and the piece tries to encapsulate the wonder of the ocean and what it must be like to hear all of the enchanting songs of the sea.

The piece also draws on inspiration from some Scottish places, namely Lunderston Bay which is a beach local to the composer and it is where the sounds of the river in the piece were found and recorded.

The clarinet has such a diverse character and sound pallet available and so it is the perfect instrument to represent all of the varying sounds in the piece from warm low passages, to soaring high notes and subtle bends, the clarinet is the best choice to explore these sound worlds through.

Performers

Clarinet: Fraser Langton

BIOGRAPHY

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Connor Bristow is an 18-year-old Scottish composer who enjoys experimenting with the boundaries between electronic and acoustic music. He currently is in his first year at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying composition.

The majority of his work is done through Logic Pro X projects and he likes experimenting with recorded sound and how this can be used in creative ways. Connor is fascinated by the world of tuning systems and is currently experimenting with the ways that they can be used. He is also beginning to experiment with creating his own instruments and would like to explore this further in his musical career.

Connor has thus far been commissioned by Scottish Communities Climate Action Network, Magic Torch and the West of Scotland Schools Concert Band and he is doing ongoing work with Magic Torch. He has also just finished working on a commission for the PLUG festival for Clarinet and Electronics which has provided an exciting opportunity for him to explore blurring the lines between acoustic and electronic music.

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